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02 Oct 2018

What Got Me Into Collecting? Part II

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Everyone has their own unique story about how he or she got interested in coins and here’s mine. If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, be sure to check it out before reading this so you don’t miss anything!  

Another way I was able to add to my collection was with coins from around the world. On various travels to different countries, I was able to collect coins from the respective country, as well as coins from other countries through a few coin shops. There was a coin shop in Venice, Italy where I purchased many coins from different countries, which allowed me to further grow my world coin collection, which is significantly large at this point.  

At the local coin show, there was one dealer whom I saw one time who was very nice and memorable. I don’t know why he never came back to the show, but, he seemed to want to grow the hobby with younger people, so he gave me three “Standard Catalog of World Coin” books for free. They were one year old at that point, but still really nice of him. He also gave me a silver 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar for fifty cents. I do not know why he did those favors for me, but it was very nice of him to do that. I planned to bring more money and buy some coins from him on my next visit, but, the next month, he was not at the show. I don’t remember the dealer’s name, but I very much wish I did, so I would be able to return the favor.  

After a few years of going to the local coin show and purchasing boxes of coins from the bank, everything came to a screeching halt. I went into the bank one day and was told company policy had changed and they were no longer allowed to sell coin boxes to non-businesses. At this point, I was probably about thirteen, I was incredibly disappointed and stopped collecting. My coin storage drawers, as well as my table and magnifier, which were located in my room, were rolled into my closet when rearranging my room. They did not come out.  

Because my grandpa had known I was interested in coins, he offered me half of fair market value deal to buy his coin collection, with many coins inherited from his great grandpa. (I made a separate blog post a few weeks ago about the 1915 Indian Head Quarter Eagle, which included content about said collection). I had never ended collecting, I just couldn’t hunt through coins anymore, which ended the majority of my collecting. I took him up on this offer and looked through his coins next time I was at his house. I purchased a lot of the collection, but left a large chunk of it for a later time, as I did not have enough money. This was what got me back into collecting again. That trip, I had purchased several coins, including several Indian Head Cents, Franklin Half Dollars, Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Morgan Silver Dollars, Peace Dollars, and a 2000 Proof Set. I left his world coin collection, as well as some silver dollars, the 1915 Indian Head Quarter Eagle due to its high price, the currency collection, and the token collection for a later date. 

Last year, in 2017, I joined the ANA and continued collecting, going to the monthly coin show again, collecting new coins, and working on reorganizing and documenting my collection. About a month ago, I bought the second set of coins from my grandpa, the 1915 Indian Head Quarter Eagle and the remaining six Morgan Silver Dollars.  

My dad was a collector when he was younger, but stopped for many years. Not too long before I was born, he had purchased a set of uncleaned Roman coins, which he spent months and months cleaning. He had finished cleaning several and had successfully identified a few. Also around 2017, he was able to find the uncleaned coins, along with the binder of identified and cleaned coins. I continued this extensive project, which still has a long way to go before the identifiable coins are identified. Due to the extreme wear on the coins and the unclear symbols, it makes identification difficult.  

This is the (mostly) complete history of my coin collection and interest in coins. Thank you for reading and enjoying. 



Level 6

Nice blog. I enjoyed reading your story!

Jonas's Coins

Level 5

Grandfathers are always good, I have gotten hundreds of dollars of free coins from mine. You have a great story.


Level 6

Great story.. I would change banks if they stopped selling me boxes. Plenty of competition out there. I buy them from one bank and sell them back at another credit union. They have a free coin star machine. I don't even have to roll them..


Level 4

Thanks :) I would change banks too, but since I'm still a minor, my parents would have to change banks too, which they don't want to do. What credit union is that? I always had to roll mine back up, which normally took just as long or even longer than the hunt.


Level 4

Great blog. Thanks for sharing part II. Here’s to the makings of a great part III! Jim


Level 4

Thanks :) That's my story for now, but maybe in a year or two, I will have enough extra stuff that went on for a part 3!

As we get older, we must remember YNs are the future. Many people will forget our history, but no-one with a coin in their hands will. Great story.


Level 4

Thanks :) It's essentially a "pass it down" hobby. The older people pass it to the younger people who then get older and pass it down the younger people...


Level 6

A person's travels can add many coins to a person's collection with a story behind the coin.


Level 4

It sure can :)


Level 7

A great story. There are so many different ways people got started in this hobby family friends shows museum coins you saw on t.v. the list goes on. The exposure comes from somewhere and it's always interesting. Thanks for writing yours. I enjoy reading them all. It's been maybe two years since I wrote mine maybe I will write it again since it has come of the site. Keep them coming. Mike.


Level 4

Thanks :) Everyone has a different story and those stories are all interesting in their own way, even if they don't seem interesting at first.

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