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How I Started Collecting

Any numismatist has a story to tell, whether it be how they began, why they collect or a story that occurred somewhere along the way. My story is about how I began collecting. As many children do, I had my small jar of coins that I had accumulated over time and for one reason or another found fascinating. They included half dollars, Sacagawea dollar coins, wheat pennies (half of which I likely lost before they could make it into my collection), foreign coins and any obscurities I found. Many of these coins I found by sorting through my dad's mountains of coffee cans of change in the garage. I would get paid about 10 cents per roll of coins I wrapped and I could keep any coins I liked. At the time it seemed like a fair agreement.
Written by Grant Shobar at 00:00

Finding the Right Mix: How to specialize

Being a coin collector can be like sitting down to a buffet; there are so many choices, how can one know where to start? You might start with a serving of sautéed buffalo nickel or baked wheat cent. Maybe you’ll venture into a side of silver dollars. Then you might help yourself to some vegetarian wreath cent salad. Or you can indulge in an early American copper soufflé with some prime gold coin sauce. If you take it all in at once, however, you may get a stomachache! No diner wants that, and the starting collector can be just as daunted upon entering his first coin show, like a true kid in a candy store. So what is the secret to developing successful, rewarding collecting habits? In short, specializing.
Written by Tyler Rusnak at 00:00
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5 Tips for Beginner Coin Collectors

Coin collecting can be a lot of fun and profitable, if you do it right. Getting started is easy too. You can start collecting coins simply by sorting through your pocket change. Or you can build a collection of coins or bullion by buying them directly from dealers.
Written by Katelyn Porter at 13:30

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