This week we'll close with some words of wisdom courtesy of Steve Roach and Mark Van Winkle, from Steve's Coin World
This month for the Q&A I had the pleasure of chatting with my friend Mark Van Winkle. Mark has cataloged many of the greatest rarities
in numismatics in his job as chief cataloger at Heritage Auctions, but he’s also passionate about the arts, specifically opera.
During our conversation I asked him, “What can the opera teach someone about collecting coins?”
While I’ve never been much of an opera fan, I’m always curious how people find connections with the various passions in their lives, and
how these connections enhance things.
Mark shared this story: In the 19th century, there were two prominent German operatic composers, Giacomo Meyerbeer and Richard Wagner.
Meyerbeer was popular during his lifetime, but is little remembered today while Wagner is undoubtedly even more popular today than during
Why is one remembered and the other all but forgotten?
The answer is the difference between good and great. In U.S. numismatics, who is better remembered a hundred years after his death:
Charles Barber or Augustus Saint-Gaudens? Obviously, Saint-Gaudens. Although Charles Barber created serviceable, traditional neoclassical
designs that could be struck with one blow from a steam press, Saint-Gaudens adapted the three-dimensionality of sculpture to coin designs,
something no one before (or arguably since) had done.
His coins were certainly a challenge to produce, but the results were magnificent. Greatness is remembered, while mediocrity is
relegated to history’s dust-bin.
To read the complete article, see:
WHAT OPERA CAN TEACH US ABOUT COLLECTING (AND THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND GREAT) (www.coinworld.com/voices/steve-roach/2015/04/what_opera_can_teach.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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