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What will the judges think?

Yesterday I was sorting through 12 month’s worth of issues of Numismatic News to find the material that I would nominate for consideration for the annual awards given by the Numismatic Literary Guild at the annual American Numismatic Association convention Aug. 6 in Los Angeles.

Some items seem like very obvious choices to make. Others are less so. What I am finding more and more is that because of the Internet, there are some cracks opening up between what can be nominated and what I know is popular.

There is a radio category. However, the rules are written more for over-the-air radio than online streaming radio of the type that is Coin Chat Radio, which we launched last year.

The rules ask for audiotapes. I am sending a computer disk. The rules don’t allow interviews and since that is what I have basically done, none of that body of work will be judged.

From the feedback I have gotten from listeners, these interviews are much appreciated. Some do well. Some do badly. The further I get into this process the more I think I know about what the listeners would most appreciate, just as I make a similar judgment about stories in print.

Also there is a deep appreciation online about numbers and timeliness. Neither one lends itself well to judging.

Judges looking at year-old numbers probably consider them empty, cold and dull. Someone online who gets the sales number for the two-roll set of Lincoln Formative Years cents, which is 250,557, would think of them more as important and lively and food for thought.

None of this is meant to be a complaint. Times change. Needs change. Some NLG rules can be tweaked. Some things can never be effectively judged after the immediacy of the moment passes.

However, much can be effectively judged and that is why the competition is interesting and important.

And then, too, what’s a blog worth a year after it was posted?

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2 Responses to What will the judges think?

  1. Mr. Chuck Schroeder says:

    First off, no one can get coin chat radio, in their area, unless it’s a National show, like Rush Limbaugh is, and, not many has high speed internet either, and can play on line.

    You ask and then say, what’s a blog worth a year after it was posted?. I don’t really know, seeing YOU post it in the weekly paper, then ask people to read your EXPERT blog, and give the www address. Perhaps there’s no need to go sorting through 12 month’s worth of issues of Numismatic News to find the material that I would nominate for consideration for the annual awards given by the Numismatic Literary Guild at the annual American Numismatic Association convention Aug. 6 in Los Angeles. Perhaps you need to give a award to the poster’s in your blog, as well, for posting something YOU don’t answer back, you never print it out in the paper, for other’s to respond to that way, and, you never talk about these points of interest. How does that sound "EXPERT" Dave?.

    As coin collector’s, are we fed up yet?.

    For years we have all thrown our fishing gear into hinged tackle boxes with worm proof drawers and pre-selected bait storage trays that were more suited for nuts and bolts than fishing tackle. Worm proof, does such a thing really exist? Just what does worm proof mean anyhow? Did any of you have worms trying to break into your tackle boxes? I remember my plastic worms being a huge congealed ball of goo each time I wanted one. How about those hooks? Were they ever where you put them, or did they have a mind of their own and move to the tackle trays to snare space with your lures, leaders, and other gear? Ring any bells?. Now let’s talk about these grading companies for a bit here to. Are those plastic air tights PVC free and acid free etc?. Do they melt as well, when put next to other plastics, hard or soft?. I never really trusted them. Remember those rubber bands you had in that jar covered, and you needed one several months later, they to are all stuck together, in a ball. This gets better here as well. Let’s go on. I know it may be better to get coins in a slab and graded also, so they say, I don’t care what third party grading company ones sends them to, one could get it back then send it to a different one and it comes back with a lower or higher grade, plus the background you can request whatever you like to have on it, any word’s you like it to read, any pictures on them, and a host of other thing’s also, in other word’s they are not consistent, as they should be, other then the bar code and grade. That gets very confusing and the ANA don’t regulate it, because they really can’t tell another business what to do. No more then AAA can tell you how to drive. Now, let’s talk about coin books, you put coins into also, I really don’t care what ones they are, there’s only holes in them for a PDS or PDSS coin, where’s the holes for a complete book?. For example, let’s look at the Presidential $1 Coin that started in 2007. You have the ones each bearing the S mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco. Included in this set are four Presidential $1 Coins honoring past Presidents of the United States, you have the satin finish ones in the United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set, you have the P and D business strike ones, you have the type 2’s, that flipped over and was struck that way, you have the error coins to. This comes to more then just a PDS filled hole. Why don’t these so called EXPERTS talk about this?. Dealer’s selling in-complete books. Grading companies not adding these into that set. Nor calling them for what they are. It’s time I added my 2 cents worth. I have been reading Coin World for years. Now, it’s my turn. The negativism of non licensed coin dealers, and real coin dealers. Do you think cherrypicking is pretty much the same as stealing?. Or should people be allowed to benefit from their superior knowledge, as long as they pay the dealer the price he wants for the coin, or wishes to give to you for spot price to melt down when selling it to them?. As most people are aware, the price of gold has reached record levels (from fear of loss and hype), and is currently flirting with $1,000 an ounce. Silver has more than tripled in just over 3 years, rising from $6.40 in Jan. 2005 to about $20 an ounce today. Pawn shops, jewelry stores, and so called coin dealers are all doing a very brisk business in buying gold and silver coin items from customers who want to cash in. Most of this gets melted down and/or resold fairly quickly at a real high price over gray sheet in a market like this. But should coin dealers be melting down the very treasures they are charged to protect and conserve for future generations of collectors?. Are some coins okay to melt but not others?. Personally, I am appalled at this mass melting of U.S. coinage. Perhaps this is an attitude found more commonly among the collectors of ancient coins than the modern coin collectors, but I see coin collectors and dealers as stewards of our national heritage. Not phony con-artist’s. These coins can never be replaced, and coin collectors have a duty to conserve and protect this heritage to pass down to future generations. After all, we can’t take them with us when we die, so melting them for bullion is just selfish and antisocial. On the other side of the coin, however, are the folks who believe that if you pay for the coin, you own it. It’s yours to do whatever you want with it, even destroy it by tossing it into the melting pot. It’s bad enough Coin Club’s are disappearing at an alarming rate, like the drive in movie places, use to be years ago, how is our children of today, going to find that coin, to put in a empty hole in a book, when the silver coins are all melted down for 10 times face, that gave some coin dealer 77 ounces of silver for $100 face value of silver coins and, kills the knowledge of what coin collecting is all about, "Children", and our hobby, and The Family.

  2. Mr. Chuck Schroeder says:

    Tell me Mr. Dave "EXPERT" Harper, how many of these coins have you had melted down, and had history lost, for our kid’s?. Few characters symbolized the lawless frontier of the Old West better than Jesse James and Billy the Kid. In their heyday, Jesse and The Kid attracted a following that spread from coast to coast. Even today, more than 120 years later, their exploits still form the basis of stories, books and movies that have kept alive their legend and the mystique of the “Wild” West. The early 1880s were not only the high water mark for outlaws in the Old West. It also marked the pinnacle of the Morgan Silver Dollar. These large silver dollars circulated widely through the West, where their silver heft was valued above flimsy paper money. In 1918, the Pittman Act required the milting of 270 million silver dollars, nearly 50% of all Morgan dollars ever struck. In addition, many more were melted as a result of the Silver Act of 1942 and by private refiners since the late 1960s due to rising silver prices made this profitable. It is estimated that only 15-17% of Morgans produced still exist today!
    In 2009 even more are melted. WHEN WILL IT END DAVE?. Stop installing a Obamacon "fear of loss" in people, then they won’t hoard and melt.

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