+2oldfarts (the rockhounders) Posted September 14, 2005 Share Posted September 14, 2005 Well it is time to explain the new rules for the numismatist benchmarker....What is that you ask? It is the hobby coin collector who also hunts benchmarks as a hobby. You know the type, he's the one with the old coins in a cigar box or top drawer of the dresser or just thrown in a jar in the cupboard. He's been collecting them since he was a kid about knee-high to a grasshopper. Well his hobby is about to change. Rule # 1 is now he must learn all the different classifications of coin conditions, you know, the VG45, MS51, UNC, proof, etc. If you don't know you will have to learn them & soon! Rule #2 is every coin worth at least 5 times it's face value must now be in a plastic case to protect it. Rules will be added as I see fit. If you have any questions about a particular coin please submit pictures showing the obverse and the reverse of the coin. If you have found a really old or neat coin please post the pictures here. OH did I mention that you should be wearing "White Cotton Gloves". I would hate to have to reprimand you for not following the rules completely when you have made such a great find, but the rules apply. Oh, and the gloves have to be "Cotton" not "Rayon" since the Numismatology Assoc. only allows "Cotton". It doesn't matter whether it is a hobby just for fun or not, you must now comply with My rules. If you folks are serious about wanting people to log their finds here, like this is the NGS, then I have a suggestion on how to make that happen. Look at the NGS forum and you will see that as of right now the last post was almost 2 Weeks ago! You need to liven up that forum. It was intended for the hardcore benchmark hunter (must not be very many of these) who wants to follow the NGS guidelines as close as possible. Newbie see it as an empty forum with nothing new to perk their interest. Start posting threads explaining what the guidelines are and why they are important, why the database is important, why it should be updated when even a good many surveyors don't update the logs. Entice the people to read that forum! If the NGS forums get active, newbies will read the threads (and lurk & learn). You have the opportunity and place to teach the ideas you feel so strong about, and it just sits there empty. This forum is for the Geocaching benchmark hunting group who prefer to keep the hunting as a hobby and light-hearted, The NGS forum is waiting to be utilized for it's intended purpose. Of course if you don't want it, I'm sure Jeremy could put that server space to use for something else. My apology for being so long-winded and hope to see an improvement in the NGS forum. Time to make CaseyB earn his keep! John Quote Link to comment
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