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Offline Enodia

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Well, as of May 1st I am retired. A nice turn of events to be sure, but it has put the mockers on some of my activities, and unfortunately coin collecting is one of them.
I have pretty much quit collecting now (although I did just add another diobol to my Taras collection), and I'm now trying to shift my mind into 'selling mode'. NOT an easy task!
How do you decide which of your children you sacrifice first?
All this definitely has me reminiscing over the past 34+ years of collecting ancients, all the dealers and shows, all the interactions with wonderful people who suffered from a similar mania, the excitement of waiting for your newest treasure to arrive in the mail.
So, with dispersal in mind I have been thinking a lot about which coins I could probably never get rid of, and I'm going to review them right here.
Stay tuned...

~ Peter


Offline Virgil H

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2022, 04:33:03 pm »
Congrats on your retirement. Why do you have to stop collecting? I really didn't start collecting until near and after retiring because I have the time to devote to it more even if my budget is not large. If it is part of your retirement fund, then I completely get it. I am at a point where I may start selling a few, but only because they are duplicates AND/OR my collecting interests have shifted and become a little more specific in some areas (but I remain the ultimate generalist and I just can't see that ending completely). But, for any I sell, the money will more than likely go right back into coins, although most of my coins are not particularly valuable, if I ever need money, I have some value in my collection.

All the best to you as you make those difficult choices.

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2022, 05:14:11 pm »
Congrats on the retirement.

I too have pretty much stopped collecting for now. I just come on to view other peoples new additions.

Covid issues really put a damper on my enjoyment of buying and various other reasons.
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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2022, 06:00:11 pm »
Congrats on retiring Peter and hopefully I can get an ex-Enodia coin in my collection!

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2022, 07:09:42 pm »
Ha ha Jay, I had the same thoughts. It would be honor to get coins from his collection. Got any from Pontus or Phaplogonia? Just kidding, kind of.

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2022, 02:15:14 am »
When I  was young I worked a lot of under-the-table jobs, "sticking it to the man" and working for cash. And so now my SS isn't as substantial as one might hope, but it's not dire. I may still be able to buy the odd cheapy just to feed my Jones, but I dont forsee any more coins like this one...

I bought this coin from a dealer on the mall in 1988. I used to go in there with my dog every payday to buy a mercury dime or walking liberty half dollar, sticking hard to my budget. If I had to go higher I would drop a grade.
This got boring, especially when I got to the key dates, so I started browsing the other shelves, and I saw this one, which was from some place called Velia, and I was in love! Athena's cheek is almost warm, and the lion reeks of hunger and despair. I'd never seen a coin like this, and all in such high relief!
I immediately put it on layaway and I haven't stopped paying since.

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=97831

A signed masterpiece, but unfortunately I've never been able to get a decent image.
Maybe that's why it has never garnered much attention.
~ Peter


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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2022, 06:02:26 am »
Congratulations on joining the club. I retired fifteen years ago and thought I might have to sell off some of my coins but that never happened and I am still collecting, last month I even started in a new area for me, Byzantine coins. I think that once you settle in you will enjoy being retired. I do.

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2022, 03:32:10 pm »
Congrats on retiring Peter and hopefully I can get an ex-Enodia coin in my collection!

And I'd be proud to know that some of my treasures were in such a collection as yours!  🙂

~ Peter

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2022, 09:02:16 pm »
Congratulations on retirement, Peter!  When it comes to selling, my advice is to first sell those areas that no longer interest you or to which you have not added material in several years.  For me that was my small collection of English Hammered coins (sold through Forum Ancient Coins several years ago), and I've gradually auctioned most of my Greek and Roman Imperial.  The proceeds from those sales funded acquisitions toward my focus areas of Roman Republican and Romano-British coins.  I still have a core collection of Greek and some Roman-Egypt - not sure how much longer I'll hold onto those.  Take your time and see how it goes.  Good luck!

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2022, 02:23:25 pm »
Thank you all for the kind wishes.  🙂

Quote from: Carausius on July 26, 2022, 09:02:16 pm
Congratulations on retirement, Peter!  When it comes to selling, my advice is to first sell those areas that no longer interest you or to which you have not added material in several years.

Thank you Michael, this is pretty much my plan going forward. I'll probably hold on to my Magna Graecias, at least the Taras collection, and maybe add a piece when I can.

The Velia didrachm was the coin that got me going with ancients, and it wasn't long before I was thoroughly hooked. A few lower priced Romans followed, but it was the Greek coins which really grabbed me.
I bought the 2 volume Sear set and would lie in the bath or on the couch dreaming about all the Syracusan tetradrachms I was going to buy (they say catalogs are for dreamers. 😉 )
I eventually bought this next coin, my first facing head, at that time listed as "pseudo-Rhodian". I think the good folks at my local coin shop were suddenly much happier to see me coming through the door!...

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=80986

Another one which I can't imagine ever parting with.

~ Peter

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2022, 09:45:02 pm »
Congratulations on the retirement, Peter!

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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2022, 11:48:45 am »
Thanks Nick.

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2022, 03:00:15 pm »
This next coin was a gift from a special friend, and not only is it stunningly  beautiful (imo), but the symbolism is deeply personal. There is no doubt that this is one of my three favorite coins from my collection...

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=87593

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Re: The End of an Era
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2022, 06:02:36 pm »
That is a lovely coin and I love how you put in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. All the Homeric Hymns are wonderful. Probably my favorite amongst Greek literature outside of The Odyssey and The Iliad. I note I commented on it last year.

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Re: The End of an Era - Highlights from 34 years of collecting
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2022, 03:18:47 pm »
Thank you Virgil, I also collect various editions of Homer (and whoever may have written the Hymns). At one time I considered collecting a coin from each kingdom mentioned in The Iliad until I realized what a daunting task that would be!

The coin I'm highlighting today is another early acquisition I bought back in the 80's, and by this point I  believe my wife was convinced I had lost my mind! It is a tetradrachm of Alexander III minted at Amphipolis...

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=94008

(Again I apologize for the picture. Please judge the coin and not the image)

~ Peter



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Re: The End of an Era - Highlights from 34 years of collecting
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2022, 02:44:18 pm »
Ah, memories!
I never had the deep pockets that an avid ancients collector really needs, so I always bought carefully, waiting for good deals and interesting material. As a result I am deeply connected to most of the coins in my collection. Having to pass up truly beautiful works of numismatic art makes one really appreciate the pieces that are attainable.
This coin was a gift from my wife in the late 90s, who by this time was resigned to my obsession and wanted to buy me what she thought of as a 'centerpiece' of my collection. I think she chose well, but she was an artist so I'm not at all surprised...

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=99058

The strike is sharp and well-centered on a full flan (not always the case with these), and there is no sign of the odd scalloping on the center of the grain stalk which plague so many of these beautiful didrachms.

~ Peter

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Re: The End of an Era - Highlights from 34 years of collecting
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2022, 04:20:48 pm »
Thats a beauty Peter. When it comes to collecting and having a lack of funds to purchase some of the higher value coins I to have become intrinsically attached to the coins I do have, I think its a very personal relationship you get to have with them as you learn to understand the story they are telling its a beautiful hobby regardless of expenditure:)

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Re: The End of an Era - Highlights from 34 years of collecting
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2022, 08:21:32 pm »
Very true. My friend asked if I wouldn't buy lots and lots of coins if my resources could support it. My reply, of course, was "of course". 
But I know I wouldn't have the same connection to each piece. Being forced to be picky means I do more research and study into the history, symbolism, etc, which is pretty much why I started collecting in the first place. That helps me extract all the pleasure and satisfaction that more coins couldn't provide.
(although I'd love the opportunity to work proven wrong! 😉 ).

~ Peter

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Re: The End of an Era - Highlights from 34 years of collecting
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2022, 09:38:47 pm »
Congrats on your retirement. I retired from the Navy in 2007, but still going with FORVM. I am actually interested in at least a partial second retirement. I would need to find someone to take over some of my work but that seems unlikely.
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Re: The End of an Era - Highlights from 34 years of collecting
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2022, 10:37:28 pm »
Very true. My friend asked if I wouldn't buy lots and lots of coins if my resources could support it. My reply, of course, was "of course". 
But I know I wouldn't have the same connection to each piece. Being forced to be picky means I do more research and study into the history, symbolism, etc, which is pretty much why I started collecting in the first place. That helps me extract all the pleasure and satisfaction that more coins couldn't provide.
(although I'd love the opportunity to work proven wrong! 😉 ).

~ Peter

I just love this attitude. As I go along, I realize this feeling more and more on the higher-priced coins I buy. You have said it so much better than I can. But, there are so many ways to connect to a coin(s). I also have found that the ones I have trouble affording are usually much better quality, but not always. It is funny how this can work. Anyway, I appreciate your insights. In the end, I think part of it is refining my objectives and learning more so some coins are more desirable to me than others. Plus, expanding my willingness to pay more opens up more coins for my consideration. I certainly have some coins that ae my favorites, but it isn't always based on price. I am rambling, thanks for your thoughts.

Virgil

 

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