Endurance: Ron Guth / German Coins – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Ron Guth for our Customer Spotlight on Endurance, an Interfanatic Quality

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Frederick Douglass

Endurance: how much will we endure? How much must we endure when we are divided? It’s much easier to endure collectively, when everyone feels the same way.

Douglass, serving in congress just a couple of generations removed from the revolutionary war, had a different take on enduring tyrants. He was born when many revolutionaries were still influential. Jefferson and Adams died when he was 9 years old.

Jefferson had abolished the international slave trade, but slave trade within the United States was still somehow a thing in the 1830s as Douglass came up in these United States. So he knew all about tyrants and oppression and enduring bad situations.

Now, I’m going to shift to a better kind of endurance. I’m talking about the kind that Ron Guth embodies. As a successful professional numismatist at the top of his game for many years, he has endured as an author, a researcher, and a leader in the field.

Endruance in business is not easy, but he has managed it.

Endurance: An Interfanatic Quality

There are not many businesses in our realm that have lasted 20 years. Some of the difficulty enduring has to do with people, some of it has to do with competition, but most of it has to do with the same stuff that makes all business difficult.

We push through, to find a way when things are difficult.

Many projects are not as simple as they seem. They start out simple, but scope creep and technical complexities often interfere. Then, when you add in inconsistent labor, you can have a real problem on your hands.

It’s so much easier to trust us – we’ll take care of the difficult parts. Even if it takes time, we’ll make it work.

Another guy who makes it work: Ron Guth. He’s been in his business for decades. Guth has seen the highs, he been through the lows. He’s written plenty of books about it, too.

But through it all, he obviously endures. And what’s really special about Guth is that he endures in such a way that everyone likes him. That’s definitely not always the case in numismatics.

GermanCoins – Enduring at the Top of Google SERPS

GermanCoins.com – it’s a bit risky of me to bring it up. It’s tough for some people. German history goes back at least a thousand years, but a decade or two in the mid-20th century still dominates many peoples’ minds. Yes, there are nazi coins on GermanCoins.com. That’s because they’re part of the numismatic history of the country – a numismatic history that is mostly beautiful, complicated, and way longer than two decades. Of course, this single chapter makes many people uncomfortable. As it should.

So, if it makes you uncomfortable, look at everything else. Don’t focus on it. There are incredible, exquisite, beautiful coins from Germany that have nothing to do with it. And yes, there is a market for Nazi coins, so ignoring that history, while perhaps more comfortable, is in a way irresponsible. We can’t forget that history, though we don’t exactly want to celebrate it. We just have to remember, and try to prevent it from happening again.

Hint: it’s not working.

But perhaps the greatest task ahead of us back when we took over GermanCoins.com is that because of its endurance, its longevity, it had dominated the top of the search results. Before we took over, it was starting to fall down. We stepped in to help.

Try it: do a google search for “german coins.”

In an ever more competitive field, we’re doing our job.

“The results speak for themselves: In an ever more competitive field, we’re doing our job.”

As always, we approached this task as if it were our own. And we built a great website that works for Guth.

Digital Endurance Interfanatic Web Site Design & Branding

We told you last week that we love building websites. We do. But part of the fun is building a design that will stand the test of time. Being a part of great design, something elegant that outlasts trends – that’s the good stuff right there.

Enduring design and branding are tough. But it’s the kind of task we roll up our sleeves and dive into.

If you want great design or branding, we’re here for that.

Interfanatic and a Enduring

When you’ve been around as long as we have, you see a thing or two. You know what works and what doesn’t. You know how to see projects through to completion.

It is our pleasure to help you endure as we have.


This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Endurance, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Endurance, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Talk about design that endures! Have a go at this beauty. That right there is the heinee of a Buick Special. And it is lovely. I took this image at the El Segundo Driving Museum.


Black Lives Matter.

Here we go again! Some racist idiot cop in Texas killed a man who was walking away from him after stopping an altercation.

This is why Douglass’ quote is so prescient during these times.

Most members of the police force did not get into their jobs to oppress our society. Most officers of the police became officers to help others. But when you have a bad apple like this come up EVERY WEEK, it’s really hard to see the good trees through seems to be a forest.

So yeah, violent protests will result. Because peaceful ones don’t work. And the tyrants are reaching the limits of the oppressed.

When is promotion of one the oppression of the other?

Changing directions a bit: our current president, who lost the popular vote by two million votes, famously calls himself the “best” for religious freedom. His first act in office was to ban people from traveling to this country based on their religion alone.

So what does he mean by “religious freedom”? Clearly, he doesn’t mean actual freedom for people with religions. And yet he and his fans consistently tout him as a champion of religious freedom. He tried to stop 3 BILLION PEOPLE from traveling to this country based on their religion. This is the opposite of religious freedom. That’s fully 25 – 30% of the world population that he tried to oppress, and he tries to call it “liberty”. And it’s bizarre to me, but there are many people who actually agree with him.

(Most do not. Many people who trusted him before are no longer blinded by the single reason they chose to give him a chance long ago, whatever that was. Most now realize it was a huge mistake.)

But seriously, what planet is he on?

He’s on the one where the religion of his party, Protestantism, gets more freedom at the expense of everyone else’s religion.

So I ask again, when is promotion of the one the oppression of the other? Always?

It doesn’t have to be. It comes back to perceptions and attitudes. More liberal mindsets believe that promotion of all does not have to be the oppression of some. More conservative mindsets hold that promotion of all is oppression of all. But where, really, is the line?

Can we promote one thing and not oppress another?

Well, for one thing, we don’t have to ban 3 billion people from traveling. And if you don’t agree with abortion, that’s okay – you can do that. But you have to be understanding that other people have a different perspective, and their rights are as valid as yours.

Just like you have a right to live as a free person and be black. Other people have a different perspective, but promotion of one does not have to be oppression of another. An even playing field is not oppression.

This is America.

We must out-endure the tyrants to keep an even playing field for the promotion of all good people, no matter their religion – or the color of their skin.

Wisdom: Ron Guth’s GermanCoins.com – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Ron Guth's GermanCoins.com: Interfanatic Customer Spotlight on Wisdom

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant

There’s smart, and then there’s wise. Ron Guth is both.

Negotiating the field of German Numismatics is extraordinarily tricky. German coins are a complex group. Guth uses his wisdom to navigate the complexity of the coins, their history, and their buyers, with the skill of a seasoned master.

Wisdom: This Week’s Interfanatic Virtue

Kant’s quote is so perfect. It’s just too good! First of all, he’s Prussian (as are many of Ron’s coins). He’s a philosopher of the enlightenment, who expressed rich and complex thought, so much so, it’s still debated. He’s from the German States period of coinage, perhaps the most complex of a country with a rich and incredibly detailed numismatic history.

And it fits coin collecting so well. The science of numismatics consists of organized knowledge of coins: their design, their make-up, their art. Making a life of trading in these beautiful historical metal disks – that takes wisdom.

Ron Guth: The Esteemed Numismatic Author Who Would Take on The Germans (Coins)

Look, the study of United States coins isn’t easy. It very easily to overwhelms. And it’s very easy to know just enough to get yourself in a lot of trouble.

That’s why you need a trustworthy dealer as an ally as you explore “the hobby of Kings.”

But US Coins are child’s play compared to the complexity of German Coins. Coins from the hundreds of German States, to the Empire, to the Weimar Republic, to the Third Reich, to Germany broken into West and East, and Germany Unified, each period has it’s own rich complexity.

Debate About The Wisdom of Some Who Collect

Some insist that the despicable history of Nazi Germany must die insist we should forget. They’re not wrong. Some insist the despicable history should live so that we will never forget the terrible lessons we learned. They’re not wrong either. Surely, some people collect German coins of this period because they’re not right in the head. Surely, some just have interest in the history. For some, those “just interested in the history” use an excuse. But for others, preserving history – all history, good and bad – is their hobby. And, for some, it’s just about having one of each kind.

It’s an incredibly controversial debate to wade into. It takes the even hand of a wise master like Ron Guth to deal with this level of complexity.

And he does it deftly. Guth wrote wrote (and is writing) some of the most-read numismatic books of our time. He’s loved coins of all coins almost all his life. And he gladly shares that knowledge passionately with the good people with whom he surrounds himself.

GermanCoins.com, by Ron Guth

That’s why it was our great pleasure to take on GermanCoins.com. No doubt, some of the things there make us feel icky and queasy, but to focus only on that is to ignore the rich history that surrounded that time. There are thousands of coin types – not hundreds, or as in US coins, around fifty made for circulation. Thousands of coin types covering dozens of denominations from all through and over Germany’s rich numismatic history. Undoubtedly, there are some of the ugliest coins you would never want to see – but there are many more that are among the most beautiful and fascinating you could ever know.

Thousands of coin types cover dozens of denominations from all through and over Germany’s rich numismatic history.

It’s such an honor to work with Ron Guth.

German Coins: You Might Try Them

If it piques your interest to wad into this deep, difficult, complex and nuanced numismatic history, my advice is: buy what you like. Buy what you think is interesting. Buy what you think is pretty. But whatever you do, talk to Ron Guth about it first.

There are many wise characters in the worldwide traveling circus that is the world of numismatics. Ron Guth is one of our wisest American greats.