Hi all! This is the third time I have had to type this up because my computer always seems to crash whenever I get to the middle of the last paragraph haha. Anyway, I decided to do something a little different then my usual blog, and tell yall a little bit about my entry into the hobby of kings. If you have been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I first got stared when my father gave me a collection that belonged to my deceased grandfather. It contained one morgan and peace dollar, three silver dimes, and a few Ike dollars. I instantly fell in love with them (more for the family history than the coins themselves) and did all the research I could into them. Pretty soon, my mother mentioned something about how she also had a collection from her deceased father, but didn't know where it was. I tore my house apart for about 3 weeks (we have a fairly large house) before finding it. It had 10 ASEs, two morgans, rolls of wheats, 15 silver dimes, and 4 silver quarters. (And I have heard from a relative that he also has about 20 rolls of silver coins in a safe deposit box somewhere for my mother who said I could have them if found). This provided me with a perfect starting collection, and fueled the fire within me to begin my legacy as a numismatist. I don't know how I decided, but as a general rule, I mainly collect post 1850 US coins, but that's mainly due to a strict budget. I have a great interest in colonials, but have never gotten into foreign coinage. I go on trips all the time, and always take with me all of the denominations of the local currency (up to 10/100 depending on inflation) but soon discovered that I had a much greater interest in foreign paper money more than coinage. I decided to focus more on that than foreign coins, and only took the coins if they fell into my lap. Pretty surprisingly, they almost always did! I have recently begun collecting US bills as well (at least, more avidly that I have leading up to now). I have always kept my eyes out for star notes, and kept ever one I found (which made for lots of "fun" looking up serial numbers to find the valuable ones). I rarely was able to buy coins, so everything I had was found in circulation. I have done loads of research, but haven't found a single person who collects coins in Utah. I was fortunately able to convert my friend @StellaFanatic (Go find him under my friends and show some support, he is just starting out on the site). Since he discovered numismatics, we have been able to trade semi-frequently, and I was able to grow my collection through him. Then I finally turned 16, and was able to get a job. Once I was able to get a steady flow of money, I was able to go snipe some eBay auctions, and got some nice coins for great prices. I also got all of the Whitman folders for my date/type sets. This meant loads more trips to the bank to try and fill them up. Finally, I was able to join the ANA, and you all know the rest of the tale. As most of you know, I found numismatics when I was 12, a year where I was struggling with crippling depression, and had no intention of telling anyone. Coin collecting provided me with a constant, stable and satisfying thing to fill my time with. I was teased and mocked for this new interest to no end, but where I am now was worth every step of the journey. Thanks to coins, Linkin Park, and my best friend who let me spill my guts to her all the time, I have finally mostly moved past that phase in my life. I would like to thank you all once again for the amazing warm welcome into the community, and for helping me out with this great hobby. And Mike B, while we might never agree on reading old blogs, I appreciate your advice, your willingness to share your knowledge, and all the time you spend helping out the YNs. We appreciate you. Longstrider, thanks for helping me out and answering all my questions of paper currency. Thanks to Bama, Mokie, Kepi and everyone else who reads and comments on my blogs without fail.I would like to shout out the I.A.Y.C (International Association of Young Collectors) founded by our own Oobie and BigNubNumismatics. (If you are a YN and have discord, join us: https://discord.gg/nVFBenp ) We have a blast, and its great to nerd out with people our age (No offense to all of ya old farts out there (; Cheers,Your fellow Numismatist,NM
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