#5652403 - 05/04/1202:17 PMRe: If you are an expert grader of one series, you can be the same with other series
cpm9ballcpm9ball At this point, I feel I should interject something of little importance in the midst of this very educational Q&A.
Loc: South Florida
Mark, wouldn't you agree that each series has their own set of characteristics unique to that series? If that is the case, then someone who has mastered grading, say, Morgan dollars would not necessarily be proficient grading CBH's.
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#5652437 - 05/04/1202:29 PMRe: If you are an expert grader of one series, you can be the same with other series
I was posting here when you were in diapers.
Loc: Northumberland UK
No .. there is far to many series of coins .. and even in one i dont think i could ever be proficient enough to be called a Expert.. I have shields from a top firm which i totally disagree with both + & - but that is not to say i am right and they are wrong
If you are an expert grader of one series, you CAN be an expert grader of another series.
CAN because you have the character and fortitude to learn the skills to become an expert grader.
However CAN does not necessarily mean that you WILL become an expert grader of another series. CAN and WILL are not the same.
Mark posed the question if you CAN become an expert grader in another series, and the answer is yes, you CAN. But many who can... WON'T.
The reasons that an expert grader in one series WON'T become an expert grader in another series are varied. Some lose the patience or fortitude or time required (or another necessary attribute or skill) to become an expert grader in another series.
Yes, I do believe that, if someone has graduated to become an expert in 1 field of numismatics, I do believe they can, given time/resources/desire, become an expert in more than just that 1 series.
However, they would have to WANT to and they would have to have the RESOURCES to do so (seeing a lot of the series in question, etc).
Someone who is an expert in Morgans (arguably the easiest of the classics) wanting to become an EXPERT in EAC would need to spend a lot of time and have access to a whole lot of EAC to understand the strikes/planchets/and how copper reacts vs silver for Morgans.
Doable, yes. Easy, likely not.
Lot easier to become functional in additional series though.