Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by jterry85, Apr 9, 2012.
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To top it off, here is a pic of the main part of my numismatic lilbrary, (I have since added about 30 more books):
Unfortunately I don't have an office at home, so this is sucking up space in my living room.
Oh you will sir. When I was just getting started, I had every coin I owned in a small 2x2 box......
Right half of table
Left half of table
My wife calls the office the dungeon. All this in addition to two bookcases of History, Philosophy, Economics, Political Science/Law books and a bookcase with our sports memoribilia and an antique desk. Talk about a crowded messy room it's wall to wall in here.
I am not into coins as deep as some so i just ask a question.
I know when i need info on a coin most of the time i can look it up on my pc and can go to many sites if one dosent feed me all the info i am seeking.
Maybe its neat to own shelves filled with books but they get out of date quick and have to be replaced as needed.My pc gets the info updated and i save my money for coins i like not books that need up dateing.
Most of what's in those book isn't on the internet. Some books that are long out of print are not published online nor available in any other way than from used book sellers. Some collectors collect numismatic books, maybe even more than they collect actual coins. Some still find holding a book a pleasing thing and enjoy the quick access without being sucked into the internets for hours on end chasing information that only scratches the surface of more in depth collectors needs. Despite being heavy, taking up space and needing to be dusted now and then, it is pleasing to look at and draw from a vast amount of books on hand.
There is a famous old quote that goes, "A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Keep thinking that way.
It's clutter like that that turns me off about modern collectible coins marketed and packaged in cumbersome and space consuming presentation packages. All the conservation materials one needs on hand for using with their collections alone takes up gobs of space. Some years ago, having realized how dense all this stuff gets, inspired me to sell off the majority of my modern collection and start over, take new directions and basically breathe again in the openness the purge allowed me to do that in. Since then, I have attempted to be much more frugal in what goes into my collection and how must space in my life the physical part of collecting takes up. I would rather sell it all for a few really nice coins than have hoarded masses of things I put too much sentimental or held too much intrinsic value spread out in thousands of objects I have to tend to. Like you said, when you go to move the stuff, it's a real pain in the back side to deal with. I've done that a few times and never enjoy 'moving' the collection. Good luck to you with the task ahead! Perhaps when you settle in your new digs you will focus a good effort on organization and keep to the task from then on. Moving is a good time to take stock of what you have and make records accordingly because if you loose all or part of that in damage to your home/office or its stolen from you, it would be really hard to prove what went missing, let alone pinpoint how much you lost, forbid that ever happened.
Doug is envious. He has the largest library!
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