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20 Jul 2020

What started your interest in collecting coins?

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I am always curious about how people became interested in collecting coins. My first experience was during my childhood. My father traveled often to other countries and oftentimes brought me currency, both coins and paper currency, as a gift when he returned home. He then purchased my first commemorative coin in 1982. I have been collecting coins on and off ever since.

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JudeA

Level 4

I got started collecting when my grandparents took me to an antique show. I bought 2 coins there, both of which I still have. A 1912 D wheat cent, and a 1939 mercury dime.

Vailen

Level 3

Although I love all my coins, my favorites (from a design perspective) are the 1987 US Constitution Bicentennial silver dollar and the 1999 Dolley Madison silver dollar.

Haney

Level 4

The earliest piece I remember collecting was a 1945 wheat cent that had a slight notch on it that I squirreled away in my Bradley Mickey Mouse watch case. I do not know exactly why I did held on to it but I have kept that piece in my collection every since, I still have the watch case and the watch too. Like most kids I went from that first piece to working in the cafeteria handling the milk money to search for more interesting coins to being the one that inherited pieces from friends and family who also had pieces squirreled away. I have kept those too and with the exception of the neighbor who lived behind us, he was a coin collector, who generously let me fill in many of my wheat cent holes with his duplicates I remember who gave me each coin. That said I do still have a 1929 with a slight bit of red on the obverse that I know came from him. So though I do collect for the history each coin, note or medal represents there is a personal element with some that is a part of the collecting experience. For my last example in that regard I own a large bronze coin from Ptolemy II reign in Egypt that I bought from Fred Coops at his shop in the Carousel mall. I had just finished reading Collecting Greek Coins by John Anthony and was telling Fred about it. He said he might have something I would be interested in that his buyer just brought in. There was five bronze pieces for me to select from of which I selected my piece. Fred was always seemed to have time and did more than just sell you a coin he told its story. He passed in 1992, I sill have the coin to remember him by and have shared it with others.

Vailen

Level 3

I have met people who collect ancient coins in the past and have noticed an extraordinary fascination with ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian coins. I admit I became fascinated myself but purposely tried to not to read too much material. If I did, I would start collecting them and would go eventually go bankrupt. :) I have also met people who collect specific medals. That group is interesting because, like you, their reason for collecting is very specific and meaningful. That is, they are not trying to collect a complete set of a series of coins. Rather, they collect specific coins, medals paper currency, or other items that have deep personal significance.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

When I was a lot younger I would help my grandfather with his collection. It started a life long hobby.

Vailen

Level 3

Wonderful role model! What did your grandfather collect? Do you collect the same coins he did or did you move into different types of coins?

silvar eagle

Level 3

I stopt pokemon and started doing coins I allways had afew canidin coins

Vailen

Level 3

Which coins do you collect?

Longstrider

Level 6

I started when I received Morgan's as gifts from my Grandparents. Pretty typical story.

Vailen

Level 3

Simple yet very significant. I am sure you received other gifts and ideas throughout your life that never turned into a lifelong hobby. In my opinion, your story is not typical. I have met many people who received coins from their grandparents and ended up exchanging them at the bank for currency. Part 1 of your story may be typical, but not part 2: those initial Morgan dollars began a lifelong, genuine interest. That initial gift had a positive and significant effect on your life.

Rock Hound

Level 4

I got started collecting coins after I heard Jeff Garret give a coin presentation at my local Library in March of 2020. Though I am only 11, Probably the youngest leaving a comment I didn't start my collection after I heard Jeff Garret, it started when my dad gave me his Grandfathers Coin collection it has many world coins and a few U.S. coins. Though I never met my Great Grandfather we had some of the same interests.

Vailen

Level 3

Great to start collecting at your age! I was about the same age when I started. I wish more people of your generation would start collecting coins. We are rapidly becoming a cashless society and the coins we preserve will become (or already are) authentic relics of history (US history, other countries' history, etc.).

Oobie

Level 4

Back a little less than a year ago (marching season), my girlfriend and I went to a local gas station to get something to drink to cool off after band practice. I paid for the drinks, and every cent in my change was a Wheatie! My dad brought me back later that night and we bought over a dollar’s worth of wheat cents in their cash registers. It wasn’t until earlier this year I dug out the little bag I put them in and started getting serious. I went to a local coin dealer and bought a few coins from the late 1800’s for a few bucks and was so excited I could hardly contain myself. Now I have a nice collection of wheat cents, and I’m putting together a beautiful Flying Eagle cent set. Thank you so much for asking and bringing back the memories!!

Oobie

Level 4

I’m 16 years old; I’m a YN. I loved reading your story! My favorite coin so far would have to be my 1858 Large Letter Flying Eagle cent. If you would like to see it, it’s on my account in the “Flying Eagle Cents” collection. I love all the coins I have, though. There are a few that rank higher than others, though. If you had to pick a favorite coin from your collection, what would it be?

Vailen

Level 3

If I may ask, how old are you? Sounds like you are another person from the younger generation that has gained an interest in collecting coins! I honestly wished I hard started with pennies as I had more access to them during my childhood. It took the shiny silver surface of a half dollar to really get me going. What's your favorite coin in your collection so far? Or are you like me....you like all of them! :)

It's Mokie

Level 6

The 60's were kind of a golden age for collecting. You could go into any Woolworth's or Newberry's (these were old timey versions of today's Target and Walmart) and buy whitman folders, red books, coin tubes, and other supplies and books. Department stores had coin sections, and silver still occasionally showed up in your change, along with oodles of Wheatback Cents. I started in 1968 when my Friends and I were striving for our merit badges in coin collecting. They eventually dropped their collections after the badges were earned but I found myself a lifelong passion.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Yes, and as far as I know, they still issue BSA merit badges for coin collecting.

Vailen

Level 3

I was born in 69 and only now I am remembering from my childhood in the 70s the coin collecting supplies at local department stores. I completely forgot about that! Wow, times have really changed. I vaguely remember a section of coin supplies in the most unusual places like major clothing stores (I do not recall the names). And merit badges for coin collecting? I never heard of that. Was that in the boy scouts?

Mike

Level 7

My story is to long to write believe me I have wrote a whole blog on it. Thanks.for asking.

Golfer

Level 5

My start was at the grocery store as a kid. The grocery store had a coin promotion. You received a coin holder called coins of yesteryear. Then every month you could receive a coin for the holder. A war era cent, war nickel, silver dime, quarter and half dollar. I got hooked on coins as a kid.

Vailen

Level 3

I do not remember that kind of promotion during my childhood. I am glad you did, however. You must have an impressive collection now. Did you organize them into albums or do you still have them in those coin holders?

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I got started by going on a trip to the Welland canal when I was about 8. We had gone to see the freighters going through the locks on their way from the ocean to the Great Lakes. That day a woman was throwing change from foreign countries to the kids who were there and I ended up with quite a haul. There were a lot of scandanavian coins as well as Iceland and some other European countries. 54 years later I am happy to say I still have them in my collection. About that time we went to a flea market and I bought an Indian Head cent. Back then I didn't know about older coins. I thought Lincolns and Indians were it. At that time I also saw a St. Gauden double eagle. How I wanted that coin! If a kid that young can lust, I was definitely there. Way out of reach for a boy that age at about 300.00.... Earlier this spring I finally got my prize. Nothing too high MS 63. It's a beautiful coin. I also inherited coins from both my Grandmother's, very nice Silver dollars and really nice old European coins as well as Canadian, Mexican and South America. Getting all these treasures in holders, albums, and inventoried has kept me quite busy for almost two years and I have a ways to go. Thanks for the opportunity to look back.

Vailen

Level 3

I am glad to hear you bought the St. Gauden double eagle at MS-63 and not higher. That's as high as I go when I purchase coins old or new. In my opinion, anything higher is really a waste of money especially since one person's opinion at a grading service can vary from 63 to 65, or back down to 60 very easily. Likewise, the differences between MS-68 and MS-70 are almost nonexistent. For the additional cost of those coins I could start a new coin collection. I also have foreign paper currency from my father's travels throughout his life. I have yet to organize my foreign coins and, for the first, time, will be placing those coins into some kind of album this year (or early next year).

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