WildIdea’s 2023 year end recap
Numismatic year that went by too fast.
On a normal year I would have picked up many pieces for my collection and had no trouble picking out a trio to highlight while reflecting on my involvement with the hobby. This year was thin on purchases and a look at my camera roll from Jan 1st to present to see what it was I bought this year reveals nothing noteworthy. For sure I would have found something to buy, but it appears I didn’t find a coin, plaque or medal of interest until July, which was a 58mm Goetz medal from cacheman, then nothing until even later in the year when my buddy Lou bought a decent size medals collection and I went home with most if the German pieces……
As I pass another year in the hobby, I’d say it’s still a rewarding journey. I’m forever amazed that once I satisfy a curiosity, there is another surprise around the corner. It’s safe to say I’ve completely abandoned collecting US Federal coinage. I had hoped a run at colonials would do it, but that was brief and I opened my eyes and shifted my focus to foreign material. This kinda worked for a while and I was kicking my feet trying to keep my interest above water studying Swiss shooting medals, Conder Tokens and copper issues from Mexico when I took a deep breath and started sorting out what Goetz medallic art was all about. I had heard the name for years, but there was so many cast medals, struck medals and patterns, it just seems a bit too complicated when I was concentrating on other stuff. As my plate became clear and I could put my entire focus onto the arena I slowly started learning about the casting process and learning more about WW1 through medallic art. Cacheman has been a big mentor, always there to answers questions and put me in the right direction to discover and ultimately think for myself. Checking in here and watching auctions for just the right piece to come available, I still consider myself active although I hold out hope to be even more active in the future if my responsibilities ever level out.
As they often do, out of nowhere in an over seas auction, I saw one piece that would fit my collection to a tee. Mostly, it is enjoyable to simply scroll lots, read descriptions and track pricing while watching bids run up to past making sense when you factor in all the BP, shipping and exchange rate etc. Still, I trip out over cast iron medals from WW1 that have a bit of rusty patination in the protected areas. I think it’s a wonder when these tone up without eating corrosive holes into the surface. So I went for it and about a month later it came to town. I was reminded it was mid Dec when the line at the PO was out the door. Nevertheless l was pleased to have the piece in hand as it patiently sat in my car until late at night when the work day was through. This particular K-190 is a solid addition to my grouping (top left) of other cast iron Goetz satiracles from WW1 and a perfect way to cap my collecting year. At this rate I’m predicting that’s it for me this year!
Hoping you all have a happy, healthy and productive 2024, see ya there!