Welcome to my first - and only - Blog.
I am a late bloomer when it comes to Numismatics. I am about to be 58 and have only started collecting US Coins less than 2 years ago. At younger ages I recall being interested in Wheat cents, but never took it to the next step. Collecting. I would just hold on to them for a little while and then spend them when I needed to. Now, on the other hand, I search for them intentionally. In the two years of collecting I have found or purchased close to 4000 wheat-backs of which I still need to go over a bag of 2500. I have no doubt that they most likely have been cherrypicked, but you never know what someone else might miss.
Along with my cent collection, I also have started a small collection of Nickels, Dimes and Eagle back Quarters. I have a full set of State Quarters - P and D - uncirculated, and I am working on the America The Beautiful Quarters and 5oz pieces. I have even created a display board that combines the two types of coins. Adding to the list are partial sets of Walking Liberty, Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars, Ike and Susy B Dollars, Morgan and Peace Dollars and lastly Silver Eagle Dollars of which I have six graded 70 coins, not to mention a wide variety of Commemorative coins. I guess you could say I am all over the place. Like the title states... Making up for lost time.
What got me started in collecting was boredom. I am a disabled person. In 1997 I suffered an injury to my lower back. After rehab I continued to work and in the latter part of 2014 I was diagnosed with 5 protruding disks ranging from the bottom vertebra up to about the middle of my back (L-1 to S-1). Along with some other medical issues and the amount of meds I am on, I was found to be unable to work and was granted SSDI. The problem was now I had too much time to do nothing. I help my wife around the house when I can and do what I can do outside to keep the HOA off my back, but other than that I was doing nothing to keep my mind busy.
In November of 2016, I received a flyer in the mail from American Mint about a commemorative coin for only $4.95. It was based upon a musical topic to which I am interested in music. I have been in Choir since the age of 13. That one coin started an avalanche. Now I have coins all over the house. In my "office" (a bedroom where I converted the closet into a work table), on my dining table and on the Breakfast Nook table. Drives my wife NUTS. The important coins are in a safe deposit box of course, but the rest are all over. So far I have found a few really nice pieces. An older dime worth about $1100.00, a "Shield" Nickel with a Doubled Die obverse, a Jefferson Nickel with no eyeballs and a nice Morgan dollar for which I traded a complete set of WWII Aircraft coins for. About a $250.00 even swap. My wife is into WWII stuff.
So there you have it! My first blog posting! When I am able to transfer some pictures to my laptop I will post some of the better coins that I have so far.
Until then, feel free to comment on what you have read or if you have questions just let me know. As stated, I am still rather new to collecting and have a lot to learn, but I am reading up on different coins and if I can share knowledge to help someone else, I will.