Mother was a big fan of my coin writing. She saved copies of my articles. When she died and I was going through her things, I found notes to a story I had written in 2011. That year, I wrote many articles when I was at home recovering from an accident. Mother injured her back at that time, so it was quite a time for both of us.
Among my articles was one on St. Gaudens $20 gold coins. I had attended the WFM in Rosemont that summer and cane up with the idea when I saw an exhibit of the 1849 and 1933 $20 coins. I decided to write of the "later dates" in the St. Gaudens series.
As Mother recovered, I gave her copies of my stories to read and encouraged questions. She enjoyed the $20 gold story and asked how I came up with the mintage figures. She was familiar with the Red Book, but knew many of these coins had been melted. I said that I used many resources: auction catalogs, reference books, population figures and talking to dealers who handled these coins. She also asked how she would buy one of these coins if she wanted one; after all, you can't go into your local coin shop and ask for a 1932 $20 gold. I told her of auctions and private sales, and that it might take a few years of waiting and bidding until you could get that coin.
I thought she asked good questions. I enjoyed writing that article, answering her questions, and I think it helped in her recovery too.