I Am Back/ A Rising Tide Lifted My Boat!
Recently, my mind was running through the past year: they seem to be spinning by faster, these days. I began to ponder, "What were MY significant numismatic events of 2011?&"; The answer, I believe, condenses to 2 things.
First, this year marked my return to active collecting after a 2+ year hiatus. Early 2011 purchases of a 1927-D $1.00 and a 1912-S Liberty 5 cent served as catalysts to reignite my numismatic fire. In addition, the 1912-S led to me starting a complete Liberty Nickel collection!
Second, THANK YOU RISING SILVER PRICES!!! The tide of rising silver prices lifted my coin boat. That boat being an accumulation of low value and mostly overpaid for US and world coins.
This is a grouping which I long ago out grew; or in which I just lost interest. For years, I have seen no way out! There was not a lot of numismatic demand for them. I had acquired a number of these in my less experienced days; and in many cases, had grossly overpaid. Tuition is, I believe, what we collectors call it, in an attempt to feel better about our mistakes.
The silver tide allowed me to unload these extras without taking a huge loss; and it funded some new purchases.
All in all, a good year to get reinvigorated in my favorite pastime!