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23 Jul 2022

Siren’s Call

Coins | user_12827

As you may, or may not, know, I am on a journey to re-enter the world of numismatics. My pretext for this is to introduce my grandson to collecting coins. But let's face it, that's not an essential piece. I sold my not considerable collection in the late 70s and early 80s. In part to fund a wedding and to help satisfy the need's of a growing family. In reality, I never really left our hobby. I was addicted to coins and there was no going "cold turkey." I simply went underground. After selling most of my pieces I continued to dabble by purchasing uncirculated and proof sets or the occasional commemorative.To me coins truly are sirens. I am mesmerized by their beauty. Entranced by the frosty glow of a seemingly perfect proof. I cannot describe the excitement I felt when the mint first introduced us to the Silver Eagle. The rapture I felt when I received my gem Franklin Halves is indescribable. I truly love coins! My wife wouldn't understand. I don't know how I am going to break it to her.As part of the process to come out as an active coin collector, and to lure my grandson into our cult, I have put together a 'Beginner Coin Collecting Kit.' I pulled together some press-in Lincoln Cent and Roosevelt Dime albums, a basic loupe, a 2022 Uncirculated Set and a bag of 400 Wheaties. I figured we could search them together while attempting to fill as many spaces in the albums as possible. I bought two more bags just for me to search. I know, I know! They're just Wheaties, for crying out loud. But there was something about them. As I was looking through the bags to pick one for my grandson I could almost hear them calling out to me. Each of them promising to reveal their historical journey that brought them here. I just couldn't resist. I don't know, maybe I'm a coin whisperer. I also bought a set of the two-side albums. My goal is to fill the albums as much as possible from circulation. Once that is completed, I'll quit.I promise.

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07 Jul 2022

Best All-Around Scale?

Collecting Tips | user_12827

As I continue re-inserting myself into numismatics, I have determined that a digital scale is an essential tool. I never had one when previously collecting in the 60s-80s, but it seems that the dramatic rise in counterfeit collectible coins as-well-as weight distinctions within variants of the same coin make this a necessary addition.I decided that the following are probably necessary features, at least for me:> Compact so that I can readily take it with me> Able to accurately measure to at least tenths of grams, but preferably hundredths.> Durable or at least not cheaply built> Able to use both ac and dc power supply> Able to accurately weigh the entire range of all US coin denominations issued.> affordableI have completed a search online looking to find a scale that satisfies most of these criteria. There are a number of scientific lab scales that provide most of these standards except they are generally not affordable and don’t readily comply with portability.The one scale that seems to come closest is the Weigh Gram pocket scale. It appears to check all the boxes except for dual power supply (only AAA batteries). Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this scale? Any other recommendations regarding another?Thanks!!

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01 Jul 2022

Albums and New Once Again to Collecting

Collecting Tips | user_12827

I am re-entering numismatics after an absence of several decades. I am trying to get my 12-year-old grandson interested. I figured a way to do that was to start collections together. I have a couple questions:A: Any tips or suggestions regarding this and affiliated topics would be greatly appreciated. Not even sure where or how to start. Maybe getting a bag of Wheaties and a couple Lincoln Cent press-in albums for each of us then going through them together. Other than that….?2: Speaking of albums, when I was collecting the choices were pretty limited to the Whitman albums. I used mostly the two-side pages with the acetate slide cover to show both obverse and reverse. Just a quick browse has demonstrated that available album styles and quality has grown exponentially. Any recommendations regardalbums that won’t break the bank?

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