What is the significance of the ranks and levels? Do we get something for being #1? I am just curious.
Coin World has been asking members, "What did you buy this week, and why?" in a forum regarding purchases by the numismatic community. Today I made honorable mention:
When I first started collecting Tokens and Medals, I became interested in tokens and medals from World's Fairs and Expositions. As I started my collection I became interested in the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair, "Century of Progress". One of my favorite pieces that I was able to pickup was the token for the Abraham Lincoln Exhibit. Being a Lincoln history buff and Exonumia buff, I was able to bridge both of my interests with one token. The more tokens that I acquired from the Chicago World's Fair the more curious I became about it. So as my collection grew so did my interest about the Fair, I started searching for articles online, magazine articles and books. As I stated in my previous blog post, not only did I have my collection, I also learned a little history to. If you are interested in history, collecting Tokens and Medals offers the collector a glimpse into the past, which is always cool.
I am curious of successes and failures of your storing of your coins and collections.I started with the old blue Whitman folders and they were fine as a young lad. I found the coins come loose from them, the paper rips through a d some lesser made versions of the Whitman are too difficult for a young person to put the coin in.I moved my small cents into an older (not remembering the name) brown folder that had sleeves that slid into another plastic sleeve, perhaps 6 in a line. They were tough to get sleeves out but held coins in place nicely. After having them stored for years when I was in the service I came home to some bad issues with condensation having infiltrated the layers of plastic.I currently just use the paper/ cellophane square holders and keep the binder pages in binders.I had issues with staples ruining some of my hard earned Morgans so I stopped stapling my sleeves and just use some clear scotch tape.I have never tried the Dansco folders but they sure look nice.
I started collecting coins in Middle School. I started collecting Indian Head cents and Wheat back cents, from there it was an easy move into Civil War Tokens and then the complete move into Exonumia. Collecting Tokens and Medals offered me so many possibilities about the collection I wanted to start. I started with Worlds Fairs and Expositions and over the years my collection has expanded to Encased coins, So Called Dollars and Good Luck Coins. The mystery of Exonumia is that you have no idea how many pieces are out there that will fit into your collection. This is where the excitement of collecting Exonumia comes into play, the thrill of the hunt, to find that one unique piece and you even get to learn a little history along the way.
I am looking very forward to the 50th anniversary Kennedy silver coin collection coming out in October.Since the Gold one is beyond my budget I am happy that the mint came out with something special for us silver collectors.I know the mint is ridiculed for the extensive product line but I for one like the array of coins made available.When I was young a proof set had 5 coins most times, 6 if we were lucky. Having the proof sets and uncirculated sets as impressive as they are will be cherished for years. When the mint decides to go back to a five coin proof set one day, we will wish for these days to be back.Thank you to the U.S. Mint.
What do you like best about this idea? Could this be a neat segue into numismatics? It is definitely great for our planet, and may spur up some interest in the hobby!
Calling all NUMISMATISTS, the young and the young at heart, to make recommendations on what you'd like to see in the Money Museum Gift Shop! It can be ideas on books, coins, and any other products...What can we do to attract more people? How can we pass along this great hobby? Sometimes the passion ignites from a single gift! Leave your thoughts below!