The American Numismatic Association was well represented in the activities of the 60th anniversary convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association held in Toronto, Ontario, on August 13-16, 2014. Leading the delegation from the ANA, in keeping with this year's joint ANA/RCNA "Hands Across the Border" promotion, was president Walter Ostromecki from California.
Well, when I first started dealing with any kinds of coins it was just silver, .999 good ole bullion. It was a good gateway drug, if you will, into bigger and better things. A lengthy story short, I was walking out of the local jewelers when I noticed under the counter, a row of Morgan silver dollars. I looked down the row and I choose the first 1878 I saw (I figured it was still 90%) and picked it up with my grandfathers help. I never intended to start dabbling in numismatics, even then I just thought it was a cool piece but, the longer I was staring at it, the longer it started creeping into my mind and I wanted another one. As any good addiction story goes, that's when it was all down hill from there.