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Coin Collection A Hobby For Every Age.
My grandma was a cashier for a large department store. Every time an unusual or rare coin would come across her register she would trade it out for a standard coin. By the time she retired she had an entire Coin Collection of rare, beautiful, coins. She passed the coins down to my father who kept the Coin Collection in a bag underneath his bed. Every few weeks we would pull the Coin Collection out and look at the coins. We would talk about where they came from, why they were special, and how much we thought they could be worth someday. So started my love of Coin Collecting.
Coin collecting has been a hobby for centuries. It was originally a hobby for the wealthier people in society. In fact during the 15th and 16th centuries coin collecting was actually called the “hobby of kings.” After the renaissance the middle class joined in the pursuit of Coin Collections. The hobby was given the name numismatics, the study and collection of rare coins. Some researchers attribute the rise in middle class interest of Coin Collection to an academic pursuit about history and knowledge. While other researchers attribute middle class interest in Coin Collection as a way to prove their own rise in social stature. Whatever the reason, having a Coin Collection was different for each collector. The hobby of coin collecting grew and by 1962 the first international convention of coin collectors was held. Around 40,000 people interested in Coin Collection attended.
Just like centuries ago the reason people have Coin Collection are as numerous as the coins themselves. A Coin Collection can start with something as simple as a penny found and saved for good luck. Other coins are then added to the Coin Collection as a memento of a special event in ones life. Some Coin Collection, like the one my grandma started, stay filled with random coins. However other collectors begin to fill their Coin Collection with specific coins that resonate with their personal interests.
Collecting coins from countries around the world is a fun way to start a Coin Collection. This Coin Collection can be filled with coins from countries traveled to personally or by friends and family. Some collectors pick one country and collect every coin printed in that country while other collectors set out on a quest to collect a coin from every country.
Another fun way to collect coins, for someone beginning to build a Coin Collection, is to collect coins by year. Sometimes these Coin Collection focus specifically on a coin type. Having every penny ever printed would be an amazing Coin Collection.
More experienced coin collectors may look to fill their Coin Collection with rare coins. Some coins have mint-marks that are different from the majority of coins printed at a certain time. Mint-marks can make the coin worth more money. Finding coins from different time periods, coins that are made from precious metals, or even coins that are counterfeit can be the pursuit of more experienced coin collectors.
Weather a person is just starting their first Coin Collection or they are an experienced numismatic, coin collecting can be an adventure. Coins are a slice of history and like my grandma told me… behind every coin there is a story.