A Pause To Cure My Acquisition Fever.
Stop And Appreciate The Roses In My Numismatic Garden.From time to time, I find myself buying coins; viewing them briefly; placing them in the safe deposit box; and immediately searching for the next purchase. The search and acquisition becomes more important than the coin itself. Recently, I have begun to recognize signs of this behavior coming on with me, again.So, I go into a forced slow-down mode:-I search for coins as usual.-Write out a list of all that appeal to me.-Research the coins extensively; make comparisons among the candidates; and force eliminations.-Make no purchases unless one has just overwhelming appeal.-Delay purchase for a day or two to see if the appeal remains strong.This eliminates virtually all impulse buys.This time, I am forcing additional scrutiny, as I am currently making a second culling pass through my Morgan Dollars for coins to sell. As I critique coins for elimination, I evaluate purchases more critically also.So I am killing two birds:-Slowing purchases.-Selling old friends.And in the process, increasing my level of appreciation for what I already own.With regard to my Morgans, rather than sell all (my original thought), I expect now that I will end up with a small collection of Morgan KEYS.It is nice to stop and appreciate the ROSES already in my numismatic garden!To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.