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16 Nov 2020

Chronicles of a Numismatist: Finding Treasures In Darkness

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Good evening my friends. It has been far too long since I last posted. My apologies. Between this crazy pandemic, my Corporation assigning me a temporary home assignment and just getting back to normal is but a few reasons why I was silent for the time. However, throughout all the darkness I crouched extremely low, lit my lantern and crawled around the numismatic landscape looking for opportunities. And for me, treasures were found. The journey this year has been uplifting when it may not feel as much. One, I hope and pray you made it through safe and sound...both you and your family. Two, it has helped me in my collecting to see "The Bigger Picture". Whether it was life goals, collecting goals, career goals and any other goal which has been started 2020 has been able to show me the art of compartmentalism. Weighing an auction bid, or possible consignment, or coin purchase I am learning to take a step back and compare against any objective/ goal/ idea/ plan I might be building. And I can hear it now, "Dude you should have been already doing that" and to some degree -Yes, but difference I am slowed down now. I am calm. I am not anxious to feel as if I don't pull out my wallet I will miss out. Also, this period of history has helped to fine tune my research and vision. Again, slowing down to take the moments to research/look and study. For me searching for the positive in a negative environment is not easy, however it is healthy and helps to keep pushing through. I have been studying much on the Rev Type B Washington Quarter variety. It is fun to look at countless photos of coin lots to find that one specimen by which qualifies for crossing over or regrade submission. I was helping an acquaintance and his wife review their collection and we must have spent 3 hours. Towards the end she was giving me miscellaneous bags of coins to review. So she hands me this plastic sandwich bag and instantly I see a Morgan and a Peace Dollar. No major date/ mint mark but just felt great to see those after 3 hours. I continue to look at the coins and I see several silver quarters and low and behold I see a circulated 1964 Washington Quarter. Quick check reveals no mint mark and I glance upward and there is the wide gap Between E and S of States and I am elated. I then get to spend 15-20 minutes to explain to them what was found, some history about the coin and make a coin flip to house it in. Around an AU50 Grade. Being able to teach them the differences between the regular reverse and type B and show them the differences was so rewarding. So if you haven't had a chance, take a few moments and talk to someone about their hobbies and yours. Maybe you also might want to take a retrospective review of your collection or goals. Maybe just maybe it is taking a moment to find the Thanks and Gratefulness for this historical time period we are in. Not everything is negative. Some times you need to get really low, light your lantern, and just start searching. Treasures will come, give it time.

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