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Started by brokencompass, December 09, 2011, 07:23:02 AM
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QuoteFRED PRIDMORE Granvyl Hulse writes: "I can say with a great deal of pleasure that Fred Pridmore and I were friends for many years. Before he retired from the Army I visited him at his home while he was on leave. I have never in my life have seen such beautiful specimens. I would guess that he had practically every coin he wrote about. I saw patterns sitting in individual cases something like those that held the old pocket watches. The copper in some had turned to such a lovely shade of brown that one almost drooled when looking at them. What I remember the most about that meeting was his explaining to me that when he went overseas he locked his collection up in the attic, and then rented out his house. Can anyone visualize living under Ft. Knox with only a wooden door and a padlock between you and the gold? Fred started out in the British Army as an enlisted man and worked his way up to the rank of Major. He told me that he started collecting coins as a young boy. When he thought that he had a fine collection he took them to an elderly man who was also a collector and asked his opinion of his (Fred's) collection. The gentleman went over the collection. Picked out about five or six coins that were in uncirculated condition, and told him to throw the rest out on the street. This made a lasting impression on Fred, and he went on to tell me that in later years he would go without lunch just to save up enough money to buy the one coin he wanted in uncirculated or proof. He was a dear man, a true gentleman, and I miss him." Wayne Homren, Editor
Quote from: Figleaf on December 17, 2011, 08:44:29 PMThat's from the NI Bulletin, if I remember correctly. Granvyl Hulse and I have corresponded for a very long time. He is a member of this site, but not active at this time.Peter