This is a continuation of the current series.
It would seem that part of the sport in collecting in the great sub continent is to be continually told that you are stupid and you are merely the prey of unscrupulous dealers (of all sizes) and you must be absolutely certain that you will be ripped off.
What is worse, at least in opinion of many people, is that fact that no one seems to do anything about countering this continuing insulting and counter educational rubbish. In almost any transaction people who are uneducated in a subject will be subjected to sharp practice. If you wish to spend money on anything collectible (or for that matter most things) you need to be educated at least to some extent. With coins simple education is comparatively easy these days. There are almost unlimited resources on the internet.
Join a coin club and get to know members and experts. There are many, many experts who are pleased to help.
When you buy a coin as a novice stick to known dealers. Do your basic research. Check the photographs closely. If can can find a dealer that you can inspect the coin in hand this is better of course. This is easy in the big cities. Learn from your research.
Recently there has been a lot of what can only be described as loose talk about the so called deception of “incomplete” coin descriptions. Allegations are made that coins that may have been jewellery mounted are not adequately described (this can include filling a hole also). Okay then look at it as a negotiating point. If there is a disagreement then it is YOUR choice whether to buy or not. No one FORCES you to buy just as no one FORCES you to learn the basic fundamentals. (These notes at present are for those who buy “used” coins). In the east there is a much greater prevalence of using coins as jewellery than in the west (or so it appears) and for a most such coins it does diminish value but the rarer the coin the less it diminishes the value. So if you want that coin you make the decision based your knowledge.
We try as much as we like but some people will not listen. It appears that it is these same people who run to social media and write long heart sobbing stories about alleged rip offs etc etc and they seem to be further supported by certain groups that appear to be nothing more than fear mongering for the sake of who knows what!
People who refuse to even take fundamental preliminary steps in understanding what they are collecting are the core problem within collecting. People who decide the only way to educate people is to post vicious and defamatory allegations and hints against many sellers are not assisting in either the hobby, the investment or in core education.
This Blog has a number of items from true world authorities on things from correct storage to bronze disease treatment etc.
The incitement of fear does nothing for numismatics. Recently a small group decided to take to task an American auction/selling house (and a darn good one) for several comments it had made in a recent catalogue. In fact I was emailed by a number of people decrying another entry. In every case the people deciding to be totally negative forgot the fundamental basics of how to handle such problems (see previous Blogs).
So if you wish to be stupid then be stupid, just don’t include the 99% of people who at least do some study, make great connections and who continue to enjoy collecting.
If you wish to attack this great pursuit by treating everyone as being stupid with repeated hints and allegations about things 99% of people know and understand find something else like philately to pursue, oh wait the same applies there. I will collect rare porcelain, or wait it happens there. I know I will buy old cars, oh wait it happens there.
Life experience is just that. It is just that many people successfully avoid negative life experiences by a little learning.
Now it is simple, if you wish to be stupid it might be wise to keep it to yourself because the shysters in any business will learn you are stupid and you will be targeted.
If you wish to educate people then do it in a positive way.
If you wish to glorify stupidity by making it your aim in life to highlight the 1 percenters in life by disparaging the other 99% and a whole hobby in doing it then perhaps administrators of some sites should get a few guts and start deleting this rubbish and the innuendos. It won’t happen because it is a planned destructive course of events.
As a collector you have a choice educate yourself or become a stooge for the rabble rousers. 99% percent of us are sick of the rubbish and wish to educate positively.