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 Posted 11/25/2021  10:39 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add dan-in-crystal-lake to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I came across this blog post I wrote just over 10 years ago. Feeling thankful this Thanksgiving Day here in WI.

Hope you enjoy the read.
Dan in CL

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I was having a casual conversation with a friend of mine a while back, covering this and that, nothing in particular. The conversation rolled around to coins. Now my friend is not a collector and they know that this topic with me can suck up most of the oxygen in the room once I get started. Sometimes I think people just ask to be polite. Kind of like saying "how are you today?" You don't really want to know all the ailments that are afflicting them, you are having polite conversation.

This conversation starts with "How are your pennies doing?"

How do I answer that? I don't call them pennies, I never have. They say CENT right on them so I know they are cents. Also, it's large cents I collect, and specifically Victoria that I specialize in.

"They are great" I say, "I'm learning gobs from looking at them."

My friend does market research for a living so she understands the concept of knowledge extraction from a data set. In my case this means that I'm laying out a group of coins for study, cataloging them in a normal fashion for grade, and then looking closer at each coin to determine its particular characteristics. These also get cataloged, the coin gets photographed if needed, markers noted and then the coin gets placed back in my 'study' binder in a fashion that I can find it again. Every few new dies I identify, I need to print of the new photographs and place them in the appropriate place in the growing catalog. This process of iteration takes quite some time to work through, but since there is no reference work for what I am doing this "catalog on the fly" approach does work. The bigger my catalog gets, the easier it is to identify what I find. The new die's I discover get fewer and fewer the bigger my sample set grows.

"How will you share your results?" she asks. "You can't keep that stuff to yourself; you need to spread the knowledge around."

This causes a tangent discussion on published articles, e-books, good old hard copy, costs, barriers, publishers, market size, demand, need, apps, Twitter, blog's, social networks, copyright, copyright infringement, and a host of other things. Eventually we roll back around to the coins. Actually, it's the people around the coins we talk about.

I have a network of friends that specialize in Vickies as well. We share thoughts and new finds back and forth. We proof each other's work when we are getting ready to publish books or articles. We explore theories by exploring our coin sets against a hypothesis. But it's the larger population, beyond the specialists that's important. The bigger question for us is 'what are we doing to share our knowledge'?

The more I've found ways to share what I know, the more I have received in return. I have met some wonderful collectors, specialists and friends. I have all sorts of people I interact with in discussion boards with funny screen names. I receive emails for people I've never met asking questions on Vickies. The more I share it seems, the more I get back in friendship, knowledge, perspective, opportunity and such. Only in a very few cases with a couple of people was it to my detriment to share. By and large the most rewarding aspect of what I do with my coins is sharing my knowledge.

My experience in this leads me to the following few points that I live by;
1. Respect others intellectual and physical property
2. Ask for help when you need it
3. Share what you know in a manner you are comfortable with
4. Write an article for a web site, RCNA Journal, local club newsletter etc.
5. Introduce your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, the kid down the block etc. to your passion
6. Share your finds, but never gloat
7. Teach, you learn far more when you need to teach something to some one
8. Never just take, always give back

So, how are your pennies doing? Find a way to let us all know what you are working on and what you have found.
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 Posted 11/25/2021  11:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiecoiner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For those of you who don't know him, he is the same person, whether in writing or in person and that long article is just like him. We've been friends for 20 years. And Happy Thanksgiving back to you, Dan, newly ensconced in Wisconsin.
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 Posted 11/25/2021  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Phil310 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Dan for a wonderful post to remind us of our blessings of fellowship with other collectors and our responsibility to pass on what we have been blessed with to others.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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 Posted 11/25/2021  11:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add papeldog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for all your knowledge + help with Canadian Large Cents Dan I also enjoy our chats and gain knowledge from you in those chats.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend
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 Posted 11/25/2021  11:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coinman91 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very well said and well written. Couldn't agree more and I'm sure many people here and everywhere appreciate the hard work and commitment you've shown to the hobby.
There's always two sides to the coin if you have the patience to see. -Kathryn Budig
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 Posted 11/25/2021  11:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JHax to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Please allow me to add my appreciation for Dan as well. The world would certainly be a better place with more like him!
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