Falling off the wagon

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by jamesicus, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Last year I announced here, with great fanfare, that I was downsizing my ancient coin collection to just twenty coins that I especially treasured - ones that I took great delight in fondling, admiring and researching above all others I owned. These would be the coins that I would keep until I depart “this mortal coil”. I did retain my favorite ancient coin reference books. I also disposed of my collections of antique flintlock firearms, vintage woodworking hand tools and Japanese Samurai swords. My intention was to spend the rest of my days writing - Calligraphy: Roman Majuscule {Capital} lettering & Italian Renaissance Chancery cursive {italic} handwriting - fondling and researching my twenty ancient coins - visiting and nurturing my eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren - having occasional informal lunches with my “cronies” and romancing my wife/soulmate Beverly.

    I announced that I would not buy any more coins: twenty would be it! There were some skeptics here who said I could never exist with just twenty coins and I was determined to prove them wrong.

    Things went great for a while coin wise - I set out to re-read all of the introductory chapters of BMCRE, Volumes I and II - Harold Mattingly has always been my favorite author - and RIC Volumes VI and VII. That has been a great experience: I learned so very much from that. I came to the realization that my “true love” has always been Julio-Claudian Aes coinage: Sestertii, dupondii and asses - I was returning to my roots!

    I was also enjoying the stress-free, relaxed, lifestyle we were now living.

    Then the accursed coronavirus hit! That changed everything. Our doctor put us on home quarantine because of our ages and medical conditions: I am a 90 years old (soon to be 91) diabetic with advanced lower leg edema, neuropathy and diminished kidney function. Beverly is a double heart bypass surgery survivor with associated cardiac problems. For me, except for doctor visits, I have been essentially house-bound for many months now.

    Talk about being “stir-crazy”! And now I come to my “falling off the wagon”

    TIF first coined (pun intended) that label for me. She has helped me enormously by editing and re-formatting many of my archived coin photos - they were in various formats, sizes and with many different backgrounds and she used her enormous skills to make them all uniform for me. I had rashly set-out to try to do it myself by installing Photo Shop and trying to use it. I was overwhelmed by its complexity. In addition, I no longer have a photography set-up and sometimes I am unable to even walk across the room to test my efforts. So I turned to TIF for help. Of course, as always, she came to the rescue! I have said many times that she is a real treasure here on Coin Talk! She did not manipulate any of my photos (I hate that) but she did give them the uniform dense black backgrounds and size that I wanted. I have taken some pretty poor photographs in the past - most of the decent ones I took were a result of following Doug Smith’s advice that he frequently contributes here. TIF noticed there were now some newly purchased coins in my collection - “James”, she said, “ you have fallen off the wagon!”.

    So, I have now recently purchased 12 additional coins (all Julio-Claudian) and my “end-game” collection now consists of 32 coins. Why that number?

    Well, the original 20 filled the spaces in an old Abafil tray I had. The second tray in the case - not being used - was for 12 Sestertii, so now I am using the entire spaces in the case. (Group photo of my new collection to follow).

    So please excuse this long, rambling post - I just wanted to explain all this so everyone will understand my situation when I post and explain new coins in my collection.

    One thing for sure, I going to refrain from posting information relating to my “long ago, in the past” coin collecting activities, etc. - my memory is getting a lot worse these days and I am constantly mixing up dates and coin information and thus confusing myself - and others.

    Edit: just to keep it “coin-centric”:

    Last edited: Aug 6, 2020
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  3. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I'll offer you one tip: It's not just you. The present day is plenty confusing all by itself, even to those of us who (supposedly) aren't yet old enough to worry about our memory. :wacky:

    Please take care of yourself, and keep posting as much as you want/can here. I'm not an ancients collector (yet), but I consistently enjoy your posts, and I learn a lot from them!
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  4. I could never pick just 20 coins from my collection, it would be an impossible task as I change my favourites on a near daily basis.
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  5. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Thank you for your contributions. It is always fantastic to read your posts and enjoy your coins. With a long history of coins, in my heart I felt you would not keep to your purse of 20 coins. I looked at my collection / database MANY times, thinking of your discipline. Nope. No way for me. Since I enjoy the history behind my coins, I saw there were too many historical junctures that my coins represented. I will either have to KEEP them all or SELL them all...cuz, there is no way that I could even cull them down to 100!

    @TIF is a wonderful person, and I really enjoy our friendship. I am really glad she is working with you!

    I always think of you and Beverly! Enjoy the wonderful time together! Our family lives into our late 90's / early 100's. You are but a youngster... and I always keep my perspective that I am still approx 20 yo in my head...

    Kindest Regards,
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  6. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Very much looking forward to seeing your new additions!
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  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I'm glad that you fell off the wagon :p Your coins are absolutely amazing and your write-ups are top notch. I know I'm not the only one here who looks forward to what you share.
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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    You have always shared great coins @jamesicus - unfortunately we all are going through unexpected times. I salute you and your efforts to continue bravely whilst accumulating some fantastic new coins. Wishing you and Beverly the best of health.
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  9. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Who built the wagon without rails anyways! It's bound to happen with such a great interest in coins. No judgement here, @jamesicus! Your addition to this forum is and has been substantial and, like others, am looking forward to seeing your new coins!
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  10. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you Brian, old friend. I frequently quote Robert Browning to my close friends and family:

    “Grow old along with me! the best is yet to be ……………”

    I don’t know whether it is always appropriate - or always make sense - but I sure like the way it sounds.
  11. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you.
  12. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    It has been very hard.
  13. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    I do not collection ancient coins yet, but I enjoyed reading your posts. Not sure I could limit my collection to 20 coins. At the present time I think I have 1,200+ world coins. That thought has not crossed my mind yet. Way down the road I might limit it to 100. I like your passion for coins. I would like you to post some pics of your calligraphy. Thanks for sharing with us.
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  14. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you ff02. I also appreciate your help.
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  15. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you for those kind sentiments, @ancient coin hunter.
  16. jamesicus

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    Thank you, Justin.
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  17. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you @spirityoda - I hope you become an ancient coin collector - I think you would make a great one. Here is a little Calligraphy that seems to somehow fit here:

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  18. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I always like that passage! Very appropriate. It always reminded me of one if my childhood buddies that I am still very good friends. Even though we have both moved as well as travelled everywhere over our adult lives, we still meet, catch up, and our jokes/insults/friendship never changes since our childhood.
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  19. tenbobbit

    tenbobbit Supporter! Supporter

    Put the wagon back in the barn, dangerous things those wagons ;)

    If only i knew about your passion for Cricket earlier, i reckon we could have had some great discussions.
    I was a Right Arm Off Spinner/ Opening bat, unfortunately i was a victim of the " Shane Warne " mind set and walked away from competitive cricket for a number of years 92-2000.
    We ( England ) have still not produced a half decent spinner to this day ( i hope you sense my passion for the game )

    Stay strong and buy as many new coins as you like :D
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  20. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    You're not the only one in this wagon @jamesicus . I tried to stop buying coins myself...just for one month...couldn't do it...certainly the worse 30 days of my entire life. The withdrawal symptoms were terrible;
    • Nervousness or anxiety.
    • Trouble sleeping.
    • Frequent yawning.
    • Flu-like symptoms.
    • Nausea.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Hot and cold flashes.
    • Runny nose.
    • Excessive sweating.
    • Goosebumps.
    • Muscle cramps/body aches. Finally I've stopped fighting and went back to my addiction. Like the Bible says: " The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak".
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  21. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    I hoped I would find a fellow cricketer here, @tenbobbit! We are of slightly different generations, but the passion lives in our veins,
    Lancashire & Yorkshire here (because of family background) - I wore my schoolboy cap with a red Rose whenever Lancashire played the “wars of the Roses” annual at Old Trafford, and my cap with a white rose when the match was played at Headingley (fish and chips at Harry Ramsden’s Emporium on the way to Leeds).
    My heroes in the late 1930s: above all Don Bradman, Len Hutton, Wally Hammond, Headly Verity, W. J. O’Reilly.
    Post WWII: Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Everton Weekes, Ray Lindwall, Shane Warne.

    Sorry for the diversion all.
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