Chadler Alan Williford, better known to many of us in the coin world as munkeyman95, passed away April 30, 2010 at the age of seventeen years old. Chad had joined our world of coins on the NGC and PCGS boards several years previous to his death and grew not only as a numismatist, but also as a young man in that time. I was fortunate to have an early interaction with Chad that led us to send messages to one another fairly frequently and allowed me to watch as he became more logical, analytical and passionate about numismatics and from afar to see him grow. Chad liked to play around on the boards and some might have interpreted that as lacking discipline or a serious nature, but he was able to apply himself to many subjects and would have been spectacular at near anything he could have chosen if given the chance.
At the recently concluded Baltimore coin show, I uttered that phrase to a good client. It wasn't something I had spent long hours on; rather, it was something that just came tumbling out of my mouth. We were discussing the merits of purchasing duplicate coins in a collection with my position being that duplicate coins are great if the coins are really nice. Many of you know I am not a dedicated date and mintmark set collector and would rather have a group of really cool pieces instead of a full series. Therefore, I buy truly cool coins when I find them and put away pieces that match the overall feeling or direction of my collection, which even after more than two decades still numbers only in the double digits. So, if you are willing to step up and pay what it takes for individual coins that sing to you, why not make it a goal to build a symphony?
My take on coin topics is influenced greatly by my experience as a scientist, writer and teacher. I hope this proves enjoyable to the reader.