Collecting is an interesting and
exciting hobby. However, it can be frustrating without
the necessary information.
When I started out – about 25 years ago
– collecting German orders, decorations and medals, I
had little – actually, absolutely no – knowledge
about this complex topic. Needless to say, the first 15
pieces, bought from hard earned money, all turned out to
Looking back to this incident, I
realize that it was a good learning experience. I should
have striven for more information. Instead, I just
wanted to accumulate as fast as possible all those
pretty and interesting medals.
I don’t think that this should
happen to anyone else, especially since there are so
many different sources of information in today’s
world. The number of publications, books and collectors,
even organizations, is in any case quite different than
it was 20 or 25 years ago. Getting the right information
is much easier these days and make our hobby more
enjoyable and fulfilling. Building a collection is even
more fun when information is shared among collectors.
I would like to share my experience
with all those who not only are accumulating their
treasures, but who also are looking for the history
behind orders, decorations and medals.
Have fun working your way through
my Web Space and always keep in mind that I still am
looking for rare orders, decorations and medals for my
Andreas M. Schulze Ising