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19 Nov 2020

Fond Memories

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Hello again! I bet you are all about tired of hearing from me, but I'm going to post anyway haha.Today's story begins in Christmas of 2017 when I was one month shy of 13. By this time in my life, I had been dabbling in numismatics, however I was very far from an experienced collector. I made sure that every wheat penny I owned sat in vinegar for at least 24 hours, and that I had no coin with an ounce of grim on its face. Needless to say, I have numismatically matured very much since those years, however I don't think I have matured mentally very much haha. I had a dream during that time to visit the biggest (and possibly only) local coin shop in a 100 mile radius from where I live. For those know-it-all old timers, it was Rust Rare Coins in Salt Lake City, UT owned by Galen Rust, a former member of the ANA Board of Governors. Last year, his involvement in a 60+ million dollar ponzi scheme came to light, and his business (along with my fathers) was brought down along with him. But I digress. I wanted nothing more then the ability to go to his shop and purchase some coins. On Christmas morning, I ran to the tree, and saw a classy envelope with the Rust logo on it. I knew this could only mean one thing, and I ripped it open. Sure enough, it contained a $100 gift certificate for his store. It wasn't even a week before I convinced my dad to drive me down there and wait for a few hours while I browsed. One of the coins I instantly fell in love with was the coin I have inserted below. Obviously, it is a commemorative celebrating the upcoming Chinese Year of the Dog (2018). I loved the frosted style of the proofing process, and knew I had to have it. My dad (always the budget skeptic) thought that $25 was far to much for a 13 year old to be spending on an obsolete metal disk, even if it wassilver. The staff member (who happened to also be my dad's business partner at the time, and a good friend of mine) had my back and convinced him that it was indeed worth it. I was able to snag this beauty for a killer price, and I still hold on to it along with another coin I bought: the 2001-s silver proof kennedy half. Both of these coins quickly rose to the pinnacle of my meager collection, and were the catalysts of my passion. However these coins mean a lot to me for another reason as well. Bear with me, as I must take a quick detour. I heard that all of my family pitched in a little for the gift certificate, including my older brother. Less that a week after I bought these coins, my brother turned 18, and decided that he no longer wanted to be part of my family, and cut us all off without any good explanation. It was a very hard next few years for the remainder of my family. I recently had the opportunity three weeks ago to finally see him again for the first time in 3 years. Our relationship is very far from healed, but we have taken a big step. To me, these coins represent the better times when I was young and naive. A time when there were no stresses in my life--a time when my brother and I would play together, and love each other. The main reason I can't sell these pieces because they represent my brother, and his gift to me. Especially in a time where I doubt I will ever receive another gift from him, these coins are utterly irreplaceable. As the holidays draw near, I look back fondly at the good times he and I shared, and these coins will help me cherish that.Thank you for taking the time to read this, and sticking to the end! Cheers, NM



Level 4

Thanks for sharing, enjoyed it! :-)


Level 6

Heartfelt blog... Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The Year of the Dog is a beautiful coin!

Long Beard

Level 5

Wise beyond your years.


Level 6

You are not alone in a family member be gone with no explanation. As Stumpy would say Nuff Said. My wife is also a year of the Dog and I bought her the same coin. It's a real beauty. Take care and hang in there. Thanks.

At least you were able to meet with him. I wish more coin stores would sell gift certificates. It would make Christmas a lot easier lol. That year of the dog coin has a spectacular cameo.


Level 5

I am glad to hear you have met back up with you brother! We all probably have those single coin that has more sentimental than numismatic value, and they are well worth keeping. Thanks for sharing your story! Later

Happy to hear that your brother has tried to make first contact. Those coins are very nice. I hope you get through the troubles of family business and others. Cheers, CN

It's Mokie

Level 6

So happy to hear that your Brother has returned to your life, even if a bit tentatively. This seems especially wonderful as we approach the Holiday season. I am a Year of the Dog borne so can really appreciate your coin purchase. . I have some Year of the Dog coins myself although not that one.


Level 7

Well sometimes we feel like we're all alone in this family situation. We're not. I have had the same problem. Me and my brother. Those re underfunding remember them and the good memories. Time heals all wounds. But we have to work on it. Your collection will grow. I wish you luck and keep up the good work. You have many friend here.


Level 6

Life can throw us a detour at any time. I know when I was young, my parents would not let me spend large amounts for coins.


Level 5

Awesome coins and story. Family life can be challenging. Keep positive ! One day at a time is all any of us can do. I also have a year of the dog, maybe canada version ? Need to check. I bought a few 1 ounce coins at the local coin shop over time. All kinds of themes. They are a nice coins and nice silver investment. Yours of course has even more meaning. I have a 1970 Gambia coin my dad gave me when I was young. Although not valuable, its a special coin.


Level 5

Families can be very stressful, not to mention members actions are often illogical, many of us have experienced this, all I can say to you is to not let it change you. Be your own person, love your family no matter what their positions may be, even if you do not have any interaction with them. In essence be a better person. This is much easier said than done. Having said that, always cherish your coins, the history behind the coin, both from a coin and personal standpoint. As you get older and your collection grows, you will see that this hobby gives more than first meets the eye. You will develop friendships that can last a lifetime, as well as having access to a group of people who will teach you more than any classroom ever designed. OK, too long winded, but hey, I care, we care. Thanks for sharing and those are beautiful coins, Later!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Those are really nice coins. I have the Canadian version of the year of the dog. You have been through a lot with your father's business and your brother's estrangement. I will keep you all in my prayers for forgiveness and reconciliation. I see this in my work with so many families. Sometimes family members need to be apart and then come back together. That is my prayer for you all.....


Level 5

Thank you sir! Much appreciated.

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