Day 95

Blood test at 10.20. Think of me sitting there with my sleeve rolled up. I’m hoping then blood flows well, but after the last time I had a sample taken at the doctors I am not optimistic. I really should think about getting my own machine to do finger prick tests, but it goes against the grain to buy medical equipment on eBay.

I took delivery of some medallions from eBay this morning.  I spent £22 on four medallions and they all looked quite good when they arrived. So far I’ve only checked one of them out. A similar one is for sale on a dealer’s list (not eBay, which is not a good guide) for £38, so it looks like it was a successful buy. There are more important things than making money, but it’s always nice when you buy a bargain.

I’m sure I will never make a profit on my collection of 1919 Peace Medallions, because I often get locked in a bidding war when buying them, but with the others I try to be more sensible.

When I was younger I used to think that if I paid too much inflation would take care of the problem. Generally this is true as prices do tend to rise with most things. The only problem is that when you are thirty there is a lot of inflation in your future. These days it won’t be many years before downsizing or mortality makes a sale necessary so I have to be a bit more thoughtful. On the other hand, as with the Peace Medals, I tend to think that if I haven’t got it after thirty years of collecting, I shouldn’t let it go for the sake of a few pounds.

The header picture is the obverse of the 1919 Birmingham Peace Medal, one of the commoner town medals given out to school children. The initials MBL next to Victory’s feet, stands for Matthew Boulton Ltd, a factory, set up in 1775 by Matthew Boulton and James Watt to produce steam engines. They later specialised in minting, and ,made the famous cartwheel pennies.

Birmingham Peace Medal – reverse

9 thoughts on “Day 95

  1. Donnalee of Kingston NY

    I love that first one and think it beautiful. I’d buy it if it’s isn’t a million quid, but I only buy directly and do not get into auctions at all–the ebay snipey machines have jumped in and wrecked it for me once too often.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      They are far from a £1,000,000 being, along with Sheffield, the commonest of the town medals. Both big cities with extensive manufacturing industries. If you want one I am sure I have a spare one floating round. 🙂

  2. derrickjknight

    I like these medals. That is an interesting reflection on collecting and inflation. I once kept tally of the current values of all my books until recognising that it was only ever going to be an academic exercise, I gave up – and later gave up buying more.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’ve been thinking about books recently. They take up too much room, cost too much and gather dust. Kindles and suchlike have many advantages. However, I lost mine as it is so small. It’s probably between two books somewhere. And there is no sense of occasion when buying a new Kindle book, nor any sense of weight or paper smell or anything like that. This will be the subject of my next post. Thank you. 🙂


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