user_12827's Blog

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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