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12 Jan 2021

Getting the Covid slowed me down a bit! Feeling grateful!!!

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No, I'm not going to give everyone a lecture about the virus lol! At this point I'm assuming the intelligent people here already know plenty and hopefully haven't had their health or the lives of loved ones effected too much...So I'll just put the "much love to all" message out there! I am massively grateful to have experienced no high fevers or hospitalization or breathing issues and really projecting the good vibes to everyone who hasn't been so lucky.


But I am very interested in hearing how this has affected your numismatic lives. Certainly coin dealers who still are dealing have altered the way they conduct business and advertise, etc... For the collectors it has most certainly grown the actual world-wide coin collecting communities as well as the online forums and various coin learning resources for obvious reasons.


Just yesterday I watched a video that ANA just uploaded about Swedish Plate Money...not only fascinating and practically all new info for me, I actually lived in Sweden when I was little with American parents so that was really cool! I sent the link to my Dad and he absolutely loved it too. The short video on YouTube is called "The Money Museum Masterpiece Series: Riksdaler Plates". While dealing the Covid and the after Covidness I have discovered even more great numismatic content to learn from and that has been nothing short of wonderfully uplifting. Thanks ANA :-)
What I'm seeing in forums is that if collectors weren't able to add to their collections they spent plenty of time adding to their overall knowledge and/or adding to the knowledge online available for others, so that's been nice!


I am not just grateful to be alive at the moment but also to have been able to actually add to my collection. I was also able to join so many wonderful online communities during this after so many decades of basically being an offline collector. Now I'm even considering being a part time dealer both online and then even having a table at shows when that's truly feeling safe for me again.


My favorite thing is still coin roll hunting for sure! I've added to that stash as well and my intent is to keep opening my rolls and keep documenting the results for all to see. I actually just received 6 rolls I ordered before Christmas (those are the photos for this blog)! In my whole adult life I have never experienced genuine mail delays. My priority packages (usually 2 or 3 day shipping) took almost a month...But, the USPS is filled with plenty of heroes at the moment and they are working diligently to get all the back logged mail delivered!


I am so excited about the rolls finally arriving. Even though one seller was a bit lazy about the packaging and the Mint rolls definitely experienced some "turbulence" on the way here lol, but by no fault of the USPS :-) I'm genuinely not caring about that right now, just hoping some are still fantastic cherry picks when I get into opening these, so no complaints!


I was infected around Christmas somehow and based on how extraordinarily safely I've behaved and all the precautions followed I do believe because of the timing of my infection it's highly likely it was delivered right through my apartment door. It's of course impossible to know for sure but I hadn't been out for well over a week when symptoms showed up. I've been quite careful since the start (my Mom is actually a nurse who's spent decades in ICU wards and emergency rooms, I also have a brother who's a nurse and another brother who is a firefighter/EMT) and got tested to confirm if I had it once some dramatic symptoms showed up.


Our building is essentially pressurized and so the vestibule air is always being forced into our apartments. My building is rather small with only a few generously sized units, but out of the handful of residents at least half spend their time unmasked while walking through the halls. We also have some neighbors who seem to constantly order food and I've actually seen through the windows plenty of food deliveries to them show up with unmasked delivery people. On the other hand there are plenty of people behaving safely here as well like the package deliveries and some of the food deliverers as well, and we do appreciate that! I also have a few elderly neighbors who already have health issues and as far as I know only one other neighbor in my own building ended up catching Covid as well...thankfully she's doing ok now too. By the way I did come up with a solution to my concern about it possibly coming from the halls...I now wear a mask inside when I go near my front door and moved some things so that I really don't even need to do that often.


Some of you know I'm in some higher risk categories and I've been so unbelievably careful during the last year, but this definitely speaks to the ferociously contagious nature of this thing. So just be careful, please please please, EVERY time and with everything you do. Pay close attention to the advice from the experts. No, I'm not grateful I somehow got it after a year of being tremendously safe but I'm certainly feeling thankful for a lot!!!


I do want to try to make my entries here as regular as possible but I'll tell you what, this did take my energy down a notch or two but now I'm done with the actual infection, and done with my proper isolation while being Covid19 positive, I even added a week to be sure! But I'm not done being extraordinarily careful to protect myself and others! My energy is coming back steadily (knock on wood!!!) although I do have some lingering stuff as so many have reported and I'll skip all those details lol! I'm just posting on my gratefulness for so much...this community, the endless support of others in all these communities and for happening to have the greatest hobby on the planet! :-)


At this point almost everyone has Covid related stories...and some of them actually are good!

One of my favorite sayings is still, "Attitude is Everything". It's one of the few things you actually get to choose, every day all day :-)

I would love to hear even more goodness...

Comments

Longstrider

Level 6

I love roll hunting. Plenty of at home time to do it now.

Kurisu

Level 4

Me too!!! :-)

It has actually given me much more time to deal with coins. It did cancel Summer Seminar, and a lot of the major shows I was going to visit.

Kurisu

Level 4

I'm glad the time has increased our own interest in coins as well as the learning curves and "dealing" with our own piles of coins :-)

CentSearcher

Level 5

Covid has been rough, and I am sure everyone in the country has been affected by it. Let's hope 2021 will get better, and stay safe!

Kurisu

Level 4

Ditto!!! :-)

"SUN"

Level 5

I have not visited a coin shop since February. My wife have tried to be as safe as possible, but still caught the virus. We are out of self isolation.

Kurisu

Level 4

Congrats on making it through!!! We're all excited for being able to go to the LCS sometime reasonably soon! Thanks for sharing!

Mokie

Level 6

I saw that video also and really enjoyed it. I have a friend who is the Exhibits Chairman for PAN who also has a very nice Plate Money collection and has won numerous awards exhibiting it at both ANA and regional shows, I have to ask him what he thought of the ANA presentation. I have been very saddened by the closing of so many shows this past year like the ANA show that was supposed to be in Pittsburgh and even the Fall PAN show that I missed due to a covid scare. I am still buying coins from Ebay and also from my favorite local dealer, within walking distance of my home. I have already had my Numismatist article submission approved for publication so this year is already trending better. (:

Kurisu

Level 4

Oh congrats on the article! :-) Please let me know when it's published, I always read the whole magazine! I've even increased my Ebay purchases quite a bit during the last year as it's become an even more obvious place to look for things when you know what you're looking for :-) Be careful out there!!!

CopperCollector

Level 4

I really like roll hunting too

Kurisu

Level 4

Fantastic, enjoy it!!! It's how a whole bunch of us got started with collecting. Even people like Q. David Bowers :-)

Golfer

Level 5

Well, it certainly has affected coin shows and coin club meetings. We did have this months coin club meeting. Attended the PAN show last fall. Looking forward to the PAN show coming up in May. I certainly know quite a few people who have had Covid now. People used to ask if I knew anyone that had it and the answer was no. Now my answer is Yes, I know lot's of friends and some family that have had Covid. A friend of my wife who is 86 year old woman, went through Covid with her daughter. Both are fine and the 86 year old from what I hear had mild issues. One issue was the loss of taste. She complained one day she couldn't taste her pumpkin roll or coffee in the morning. She can now taste again. Hopefully with the vaccine and people recovering from this Covid, things will improve. I am assuming that if 20 or 30 million people have recovered that is a good thing and they can't give it to anyone? With that and the vaccine hope it slows down? Looking forward to more coin shows opening up and people getting out. Stay safe as you can !

Kurisu

Level 4

Glad the people you know who got it are doing well! Yup...I have no taste or smell, still. Sometimes I get a second or two of either but we'll see....wish me luck! Well the vaccine is going to help slow things down quickly but people who got Covid can be re-infected and the anti-bodies don't last long for some. There are reports of people being re-infected within two months so be careful! A big problem is that it's unclear how long it lives on particular surfaces...so even if you're recently over it you can still do things like touch infected surfaces and then spread it to others. It's just incredibly contagious. But the vaccine WILL help quite a bit with much longer term resistance for everyone who chooses to get it, I will for sure. Yes, in regards to your body, once you have experienced the initial symptoms of an infection you are typically no longer infectious. But, it's tough to know when you are no longer infectious with Covid19 due to the symptoms literally being all over the place. For me the biggest issue is that people THINK they are being safe when they are not. An example is businesses taking your temperature as you walk in...that is often useless. I like so many others I got a ton of the typical no-fun symptoms but I never had a fever! In fact my temperature fluctuated from as low as 95.8F to the highest at 98.7F. Just take all the precautions is the smart thing until more gets figured out... The new normal, is not normal. My little brother has lived in Japan for over 25 years...there if you have any inkling of even getting a cold, you put on a mask in public. No questions asked, it's been like that for decades. In America you often see for example, someone with a terrible flu shopping for their flu medicine without a mask....that mentality is slowly changing for sure. Sorry for the mostly non-numismatic related answer, but this does apply to how we can think about doing coin things more safely until we are actually quite safe from this! :-)

walking liberty

Level 4

i just searched some rolls from the bank and got a whole lot of wheat pennies.

Kurisu

Level 4

Fantastic!!! Those are just such fun moments, congrats!

Mike

Level 7

I'm in high risk also. How has it affected me. Can't go to a show. I was planning one a while ago. . I stay in.. I would love to meet my friends and talk coins. This works but the human touch we all need. Hopefully now they changed the law I can get a shot. Go to a bank and roll some coins. I still like it. You don't know what you will find and keeps you busy. Thanks for the blog. I enjoyed it.

Kurisu

Level 4

I am right there with you!!! But I am doing basically NOTHING but necessities...we will all get to hug each other :-) It's not far off...just wait for it, safely. **Vitual Hugs**

CoinHunter

Level 5

Nice rolls! What year are the blue nickel rolls?

CoinHunter

Level 5

Wow! That is insane!

Kurisu

Level 4

Thanks! ...1955-P !!! :-)

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