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02 Mar 2020

CHRONICLES OF A NUMISMATIST

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I am a numismatist. While I haven’t been in the hobby too long I have a research compulsive trait (like how I changed it from OCD?) that allows me the privilege to look at coin photos, go to shows, research famous numismatists, watch coin week and coin world videos along with ANA videos, read coin books, study coin grading,etc. all in the span of ... Every day.This is one of the areas of my life where my thinking is at piece, I ask many internal questions, and am able to research to find my answers. I also have an innate ability to overly believe in myself, which I strive to develop more everyday, for the gate way of possibilities through dreams.What are dreams? Finding a 1893-S Morgan Dollar in a box of items given to me or in the bushes outside (the likely hood is rare but if it can be a possibility why not me?) , Cherry Picking a dealer or an Auctioneer’s site finding a rare variety or error, being requested to help or appraise associates/ loved ones/ and strangers coin collection, etc..These are but a few dreams I believe of myself and know I can accomplish.

Not quite a journal or diary, it is more of a series of thoughts that are living. Able to be modified by amendment but never erased.I would like to welcome you aboard the ship, The Numismatist.Enjoy the sailings on the waters of this hobby connecting our passion of numismatics while we may be separate on different continents.Welcome aboard, these are my tales I am charting,and I hope you enjoy ... the Chronicles of a Numismatist.

Comments

JudeA

Level 4

I love cherry picking varieties. Its hard to do so at coins shops/shows but you will probably find a rarer variety at a show/shop than when roll hunting.

"SUN"

Level 6

Numismatics is a great hobby to do research.

user_14581

Level 3

It really is. There is so much to learn and search for in this Great Hobby. Numismatics is the 18 year single malt scotch to my brain. This how much I enjoy this hobby.

Golfer

Level 5

Everyone has a different numismatic journey. Attending coin shows and club meetings is fun. Learning new things here on ANA site or through other areas. Would love to find that rare coin. I have found a 1972 quarter struck on a nickel blank. Right now I just look for that special coin that i like.

user_14581

Level 3

Whoa, quarter on a nickel blank... cool. May I ask, what is the rare coin you would like to find?

Longstrider

Level 6

I like reading these blogs. How people see themselves in our hobby and what are their ideals. You have great ones. Nicely done. Thanks.

user_14581

Level 3

Thank You my friend. I enjoy this and figured would love to spark conversations and see what can be learned or brought new to the hobby.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Your journey is not that different than most of us. I don't just enjoy holding my piece of metal, I also love researching it, fantasizing about its journey through time, and passing on my knowledge to others. As Gary stated, you are the very definition of a Numismatist, welcome to our forum, please let us know more about you and your collection.

user_14581

Level 3

I will bring more information for sure. I will be posting more this evening and will go in depth about the type set I just finished.

Mike

Level 7

I asked Sam is there such a thing as a professional Numistist? He replied no. There are no test. Nothing you have to do. Preform task investigate planchets. . All you need is the desire and the joy that it brings to you. So many people call themselves professional . All you need is to collect and enjoy. No cards nothing . You can call yourself a professional. But it's only a title. I also have the joy of collecting and joining the research. Thanks good blog. I enjoyed it.

user_14581

Level 3

It is funny, I replied to Gary’s blog first but then started from the top down. I see your point though. Yes, there are no card carrying numismatists... although my slight argument is we are membership carrying ones though; however many more out there aren’t members of this Great Organization and that is a shame. They should be. One day I got so drunk off of finding the end to the researching opportunities of this site that I literally gave up. Yes drunk. Drunk off of information that is literally never ending. So my brain couldn’t take the never ending journeys I was taking it on and I had to step away for a day to just allow the absorption to take hold. But, in the end I see your view point and can’t dispute that could even a professional grader call him or herself a professional numismatist? They are pro’s at grading coins or currency but at numismatics? You know though... I would consider “The One” to be the True definition of a Professional Numismatist. You know (drum roll) Mr. Q. David Bowers. I mean how could anyone fill THOSE shoes of our hobby? Yeeesh. Such a gem of a man too.

coinsbygary

Level 5

By the very definition of a numismatist, you have met the characteristics of a numismatist. My question though is what qualifications are required to be a numismatist? Or more accurately, what is a numismatist? Since numismatists aren't licensed like a lawyer or a doctor there are no universal criteria or education standards a person has to meet in order to qualify. Though I have the passion and research standards in my chosen field of numismatics, I have always had a problem with describing myself as a numismatist. Now if the ANA through some course of study conferred on me the title of numismatist I'd feel a lot more comfortable calling myself a numismatist. That said I am encouraged by your passion and knowledge of numismatics and I certainly don't have a problem with you calling yourself a numismatist. And yes, finding a 93-S Morgan that hasn't already been picked from a box is a nice dream.

user_14581

Level 3

My friend, would you know the ANA has just that? A course by which you receive a certificate and have a TON of fun. The Grading Courses. I took my first one this past January at the FUN Show here in Orlando. No, I am not paid by the ANA to endorse, would be cool though; I have to tell you I walked out of Basic Grading 1&2 with a hell-of-a insight into my hobby I had no chance of acquiring otherwise. Plus meeting Mr. Mellor and Mr. Feltner (my 2 instructors) and Bree (who Mr.Mellor called his manager) was an experience and honor too. But I believe a Numismatist is one who studies, researches, or collects coins. I am not a Professional; I qualify that as one who is a dealer or Grader or possible Historian. But I am one. And would say too ALL OF US who have memberships to the ANA are Numismatists. I would wager you have an area or two of experience and information about the coins or currency you collect, and no matter to what degree of depth of insight I would easily say I would learn from hearing about it and would enjoy learning too so how could you not consider yourself one? How about this: Let’s say you don’t collect any coins or currency of any type, you don’t even use cash- you use plastic all the time. Well, you and I are both members of the American Numismatic Association so wouldn’t a member of a Numismatic Organization be considered a Numismatist? Maybe not, but I think so. Thank you for your kind words too. The picture on the blog changed and would you know it there is an 1893-S graded XF40... dreaming, but working hard to turn that dream to a reality.

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