JUST ONCE I’D LIKE TO SEE . . . . By Bill Fivaz

From time to time we come across things that kind of rankle us or cause us to walk away, stuttering to ourselves: “Boy, just once I’d like to see . . . “. Here a few I’ve come up with, and I’m sure there are several more you can add.

I’d like to see:

  1. Dark, toned coins, especially in auction catalogues, described properly as “toned MS-whatever” instead of “BU” (Brilliant Uncirculated).
  2. Coins not advertised as “AU/UNC” – either ‘tis or ‘tain’t; this falls into the “almost pregnant” category.
  3. “Collectors whose first question is “what is it?” instead of “what’s it worth?”.
  4. The elimination of “cop-out” descriptions such as “typical weak strike” used for coins known to be generally well struck.
  5. A little educational time spent by non-error dealers so that their descriptions of errors and varieties will be more accurate.
  6. Customers at a dealer’s table who are considerate of the dealer’s time and space.
  7. Publications that require advertisers to use illustrations in their ads of coins in the same grade that they’re promoting, not a picture of a BU Buffalo when they’re selling EF’s, etc.
  1. People include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with their requests for information. Those 41 cent stamps (soon to increase) that aren’t there add up very quickly for the person supplying the information, and it’s only common courtesy to do so.
  2. People answer an inquiry when a SASE is enclosed.
  3. Collectors who would realize that the more they do for the hobby (participation in coin clubs, etc.), the more satisfaction and fun they’d get out of it.
  4. Collectors who will take a giant step forward toward being a numismatist by taking advantage of the ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs each July.

Maybe some of these will hit home with some people . .  I know that I’m always learning and trying to enjoy numismatics even more, so let’s not lose sight of the fact that the more fun we get out of the hobby, the more we’ll all enjoy it.

 

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