Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by T-roy W, Dec 7, 2018.
Here is another at an angle to the surface. Hard to imagine the movement. Jim
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What do you use for your photos?
Thanks, that is a most excellent site. I'll share it with our coin club membership.
When the coin can be flat, I use a trinocular zoom dissecting scope with camera. Jim
Yes Kurt From reading this message board it does seem like a lot of new comers are looking for the "Big Jackpot" in one coin and of course, to a point, I am sure I am one of them.
But when I decided to search my rolls, I did it more in hopes of finding a cent that possibly would grade higher than MS66. Many of my rolls are OBW and appeared unopened/unsearched.
What also peaked my curiosity was all the posts I read here. I enjoy reading about everybody's finds. I have even started checking the coin-stars at the neighborhood stores. I have not found silver yet but so far I will be getting a couple free carwashes and a some snacks at work...all thanks to con-star's customers.
Well. if it was, then it may have enticed him to do another...so far, I don't think so.
Now, to be honest, after all the hubbub about this, I bought a copy at Half Price Books, on the cheap, about 2 years back & understand the attraction of those just getting started...it can really get the juices flowing.
The "Dedications" by Brian Allen & Ken Potter are poignant & sweet. After perusing several sections, I think they actually could have done it a different way to make it "acceptable", but as it is, I still think it does more harm than good. JMHO
But think of it this way: they might also have walked away because they spent so much time looking for that one big find and when they realize how hard that is, they give up because they aren't interested in the coin, but getting rich. I think the hobby is better off without them.
My feelings regarding the book are not personal, but based upon both observations and experiences of others.
Even if it's somehow viewed as having been beneficial for you, this doesn't change the fact that overall it's caused more harm than good, nor the fact that it's little more than a printed version of YouTube-esque clickbait garbage that utterly fails to deliver. Like many of such videos, the book does not provide sufficient information for finds to be properly attributed, especially by the novices using it and is likely by design. Surely Ken Potter understands this as well as anyone, but still thought it a fine idea to publish a book lacking in necessary information and all while knowingly titling it in a way that would appeal to people who espouse some of the worst aspects of this hobby.
If it's helped you that's great and I truly mean it, but it's only fair to at least allow others who may happen upon such threads to hear both sides of the story so they can make their own decision. One man's trash...
Okay, but can we really blame or fault someone for expecting or simply wanting to Strike it Rich after buying a book authored by a prominent and accepted "expert" in his field who openly claims he can show them how to Strike it Rich? Of course we can question the wisdom (or lack thereof) of espousing such a belief, but doesn't mean the clown promoting such ridiculousness should get a pass or be able to walk scot-free.
Had Potter titled it something along the lines of "Find Fascinating Varieties in your Pocket Change" or something less suggestive and more innocuous, he probably wouldn't receive such harsh criticism or blowback. Of course we both know that had he done so, he wouldn't have sold anywhere near as many copies and goes straight to the heart of the real problem here.
Instead of simply being honest, he knowingly both appealed to and embraced one of the worst and most damaging aspects of this hobby, and for no other reason than to sell books. This considered, if this hobby is better off without the intended audience, it must also be better off without the author. Sadly, in this case I would most certainly agree. This hobby is already filled with damaging self-defeating nonsense and suffers from a most regrettable and unnecessary image as being a haven for shysters. Folks like Potter help not only to propagate this notion, but to prove it all too often correct.
And yet certain people in this hobby (*cough* Numismatic Literary Guild *cough*) fawn over Ken like he's the best thing since sliced bread.
Oh, the irony....
On the other hand, we do live at a time when true talent and/or accomplishment is often overlooked or ignored in favor pandering or politics. Nobel Peace Prize, anyone?
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