Dealing with the unexpected

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ColonialCoinsUK

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I agree with everyone that prices, and certainly those in my areas of interest, seem to be going forever upwards - I think I was a bit in shock watching my selected lots go through at the MDC Monaco auction, the Paramount Collection and the latest Heritage and Stacks sales, needless to say I didn't get anything!! As a result I have bought very little lately, although I did pick up some more Napoleonic medals - in copper/bronze as the more elusive silver strikes are now achieving prices in the thousands!

My lack of recent Journal entries is a result of my focus being elsewhere following a life-changing diagnosis rather than the lack of new acquisitions (I did try). Although I am functioning again and back at work for now it looks like I am going to get the time to finally sort out, and research, my collection properly, albeit earlier than expected.

Always have a hobby you can do at your own pace whilst sitting down - numismatics seems a good choice! 

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Sorry that life isn't being kind at the moment. I hope you're feeling as well as you reasonably can but "life-changing" also sounds like "long-term problem."

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ColonialCoins...I know we haven't talked before, but I wanted to say I'm really sorry to hear that you're having a life-changing kind of health problem.  That's just awful.  I hope that your diagnosis is something that you can find a way to live with which would also allow for a reasonably good quality of life, in the long run at least if not right away.  I hope that you're feeling better soon.

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Thankyou both for your kind comments, unfortunately the condition is progressive, with no cure* although I plan to do everything I can to limit its impact for as long as possible. Coins, medals and their associated stories provide a welcome break with the added bonus that we have a local coin auction coming up for the first time in several years so I will spend a few pleasant hours actually going through some real coins before deciding what to bid on!


* As a scientist who works in translational drug discovery that challenge is now No1 on the 'to do list' xD

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Hi Mike, it is nice to see you posting here again. I'm sorry to hear about your recent health issues. You seem to have a good outlook, and it's nice to see that numismatics can remain an important part of your life. I know next to nothing about Napoleonic medals, so I am excited to learn as you share your knowledge with us. Please let us know how the local auction turns out! 

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On 9/1/2021 at 11:55 PM, coinsandmedals said:

Hi Mike, it is nice to see you posting here again. I'm sorry to hear about your recent health issues. You seem to have a good outlook, and it's nice to see that numismatics can remain an important part of your life. I know next to nothing about Napoleonic medals, so I am excited to learn as you share your knowledge with us. Please let us know how the local auction turns out! 

Thankyou - managed to get to look at the lots today - even though I have no hope in ever owning one I got to see a gold 5 guinea and it always amazes me how heavy they are!

Saw this and thought you may be interested - from the catalogue, I tried taking a photo but it was much darker than the listing.

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@ColonialCoinsUK I’ve never had the chance to inspect one in hand, but I imagine it makes quite the impression. There have been some genuinely remarkable gold pieces up for sale recently. They are just a bit out of my budget, so I watch in awe as the bidding wars commence. 

The Irish Penny looks like a nice example, but my already nonexistent budget is gone for the foreseeable future. That said, I may PM you for more information on the auction. I’m always on the lookout for good trading material. With funds being a bit tighter, most of my recent additions have been acquired this way. 

I really appreciate you thinking of me! It’s always nice to have a fellow collector keeping an eye out for me. Hopefully, I can return the favor at some point! 

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