An advanced collector exploring the field of numismatics must understand the importance of using high-quality tools and supplies. This according to François Rufiange, president of Québec’s l’Association des collectionneurs de monnaie du Grand-Levis and long-time numismatic educator. He has hosted more than a dozen coin grading workshops and assorted numismatic seminars throughout his 20 years in the hobby. He says he’s teaching “critical” numismatic lessons, the results of which are often alarming. “To me, it’s important to use tools,” said Rufiange. “A tool is better than no tool, and of course, it’s best to use good tools.” He offers a succinct example: using a 2x2 coin holder is better than throwing coins into a tin can, and using a PVC-free coin slab is better yet. Continue reading →
This is a very important column! Today, I am asking you to take a good, hard look at your collection and ask yourself, “what will happen to it when I’m gone?” You’re not immortal. None of us are. So the day will come, when you will no longer be around to take care of your ‘precious.’ At the recent RCNA convention held in Ottawa, Michael Turrini, one of the keynote speakers at the educational symposium, reminded us all of this when he stated, “You are going. PERIOD!”
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