I’ve been really focusing on my Zimbabwe note set recently but I’ve been having a nagging voice in the back of my mind telling me that I should try to set a part of my budget aside soon and pick up the Falcons I need for my Queen’s beast set. I think the biggest problem I’m having with listening to that little voice right now is that the Zimbabwe notes / set / collection has me feeling pumped and excited and interested right now and that Falcon just... doesn’t.
If it weren’t for the fact that I have been buying the 6 sets and I want it / need it to finish those sets I don’t know that I’d be all that interested in buying it. It just feels like a really disappointing and underwhelming design IMO. It just does not live up to the promise that I saw in the Lion, the Griffin, and the Dragon.
And, now, while cruising the internet and window-shopping around on eBay, what do I discover? The new design for the Yale has been released and… Doesn’t that just look… odd?
Before seeing this, I didn’t know what a Yale was. Looking at this coin; I just don’t know what to think. It looks like the thing has chicken pox or measles or something. I can see from other depictions of the thing that it does have some kind of spots or horns on it but the way it comes across / looks in this design just looks funky to me.
That… is going to take me some time to wrap my head around.
I’m writing this as much as anything for my own future amusement and reconsideration down the line. When I saw the Bull for the first time it didn’t thrill me but it definitely grew on me as I looked at it more. Six months after seeing it, the Falcon really hasn’t grown on me the same way. I still just don't really like it. I’m curious to see if I’ll look back on this design in a year or 10 years and have decided that I like it or if it’s going to be, “Nope. Still ugly.”
I’m starting to think that this really is the major risk / trade-off of starting a new commemorative series or something similar with the first design. If you start out with the first design and buy the coins as the come out, you have no way of knowing when you start if you’re actually going to like the entire set. If you wait to see more designs before you pull the trigger or start to commit, it might be harder or more expensive to pick up some of the earlier designs that you didn’t pick up when they were current.
When you start collecting an issue that doesn’t change over time or a classic series that ended a long time ago you know exactly what you’re getting into. Of course, I say that about coins where the design is static and then you get someone at the mint with the bright idea of making 5 or 10 sub-types or varieties every year.