Well worn Copper's Blog

30 Aug 2020

Absorbing a Loss through Numismatics and Friendship

| Well worn Copper

Early last month my wife of 37 years passed away due to cancer. Because of this I've been absent from much of my blog activity, which has always been something I enjoyed. Now that things have settled down and I find myself in a writing mode once again, I have a few collecting-related stories to share. A few days before she died, we went over certain things she wanted done with the funds expected from the insurance policies she held. After paying off any debt (mortgage,etc), monetary gifts to our children, and which charities to contribute to, she mentioned that she expected me to buy myself "some nice things" as well. "Nice things" always meant coins. It was how I shopped "for her" every Christmas when it came to picking out something for myself. Although her mind had seriously begun to drift near the end, she still remembered how I had sold off some of my collection (particularly my gold pieces) back when we purchased our 1st home back in 1985. So after a hiatus of many years I now have gold represented back in my collection. I also planned to tie up, or at least come close, to completing my set of classic silver commemoratives from 1892-1954. But after filling in a few holes (Vancouver, Missouri) I found I couldn't' pull the trigger when it came to the 1915 Panama-Pacific half. I never really liked the design, and almost everything I could find had been cleaned, and I have always been unable to purchase a "problem' coin, no matter what it was. So the commem set remains open, along with the3 big guns (Hawaii, Spanish Trail, and Hudson). I also found that despite being able to finally afford certain pieces that I had become just as picky. Nothing I bought was rash, and I still did my homework. What really helped though was having numismatics there when I really needed something to fill the odd and available hours after spending the last 18 months assisting to her needs. Belonging to an organization such as the ANA helped too. And although I haven't been involved with the blog recently, I still checked in and listened to (and enjoyed) reading your conversations. I would have really loved to travel and attend a ANA-related convention as well, but cant' be done, so being back here, with all of you, my "yet to be met" friends, really means a lot.

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