“Keeping everlastingly at it brings success” is the title of a 1917
advertisement by N.W. Ayer, a famous advertising agency of yesteryear,
that said it had been using this motto for 48 years. This prompts me
to say that keeping everlastingly at numismatics, as I have done since
the age of 13 in 1952, has brought great rewards.
As I mentioned in last week’s column, I am finishing the manuscript
for A Guide Book of Liberty Seated Silver Coins, to be
delivered to Whitman in early summer. I like multitasking — switching
from one project to another. Always keeping busy, it seems. I don’t
think I will ever retire. What would I do then?
This reminds me that the wide world of coin collecting beckons to
retirees as a way to add a new dimension to their lives. More than
just a few leading numismatists started on the long side of age 65.
Here, indeed, is a great potential growth area for our hobby.
There is so much to do, so much to learn, that you will never run
out of things to do. As it is, my numismatic plate is quite full,
including the following.
I am working with the Stack’s Bowers Galleries staff and the Pogue
family in the presentation (in New York City with Sotheby’s on May 19)
of the D. Brent Pogue Collection and coordinating with Melissa
Karstedt on her custom program in helping people build fine
collections, not to overlook other Stack’s Bowers projects.
In the field of writing, I am coordinating with Susan Trask, Mark
Glazer, and Evelyn Mishkin in a new edition of the Fuld Patriotic
Civil War Tokens book for the Civil War Token Society. Laying the
groundwork for several other Whitman books — one on Mint history,
another on dollars from 1971 to date, and several volumes on obsolete
paper money — creates ongoing projects.
Beyond that are 101 other things, including some research into
obscure numismatic aspects, trying to untangle, for example, what was
going on behind the scenes at the several Mints in the 19th and early
Recently I learned from John Dannreuther (one of America’s top
scholars), who has been deep in the National Archives, that in 1875
the Philadelphia Mint had on hand and for sale complete gold Proof
sets dating back to 1862! I had never dreamed of such a thing!
There is always something for me to learn.
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