By Steve Carr
Every year, I make at least one New Year’s resolution. However. I do not like the usual outcome - mine always seem to fail and make me feel inadequate. Several years ago, I came to a realization that my resolutions were not really measurable, as they should be. Saying I was going to become a better grader, for example, usually involved quite a bit of study effort, seeing how others graded their coins. But when I re-graded some of my own coins, my old and new grades were pretty much the same. No matter, I got frustrated.
So what did I do? I decided to make my New Year’s resolutions more realistic and achievable. Instead of saying I was going to be a better grader missed the point. What I really wanted was to become a more consistent grader. An alternate resolution might have been “I will take a Grading Course at the ANA Summer Seminar” This new resolution meant I could complete it, if I attend, or fail, if I don’t go to the seminar. This took away some anxiety, because there were no gaps in how I determined if I passed or failed.
I like to have at least one numismatic resolution. For example, I have resolved to attend Summer Seminar every year. But some summers I do not make it. In addition, I resolve to do an exhibit at a coin show sometime during the year. This is an ideal way to take my numismatics pieces, show them off, and explain them. Hopefully someone who has no idea about the object will learn from the exhibit. Did I tell the story right? If so, everyone will understand my story. If not …. I am pleased when I get a comment on the exhibit.
Do you have any numismatic resolutions? Would you like to try one?
If you are up to the challenge, here is a suggested resolution. Investigate a local, regional, or national coin club. You may think the coin club scene is just not for you. And you may be right. But it could be an excellent way to learn about your coins or paper money and meet others with similar interests. Fellow hobbyists do most of the cutting edge study in our hobby. And they usually belong to a club. Share in their knowledge.
If a coin club is not your cup of tea, think about attending the ANA Summer Seminar. It is expensive (about $1000) but you will learn a lot about coins or paper money and you may (will) makes some new friends. The experts in the field usually attend and are fun to talk to at luch, dinner, or in the evening. On top of that, you get to spend a week in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. You can check out the seminar and the different courses offered at money.org.
No matter what your collecting interest(s), there is a club for people with similar interests.