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A college student from Georgia who says, "Learning from numismatics has been a truly wonderful experience," is the recipient of the Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.pngdealers.org) 2014 Young Numismatist Scholarship. Tara Crosby, age 20, of Alpharetta, Georgia, now will attend one of the two week-long American Numismatic Association 2014 Summer Seminar sessions courtesy of PNG.
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.
This year in the Chinese Zodiac calendar is the year of the horse. Those born in the years 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, etc. are born in the year of the horse. They are said to be energetic, active, master problem solvers, agile, forgiving and to have a sunny disposition. I was born in the year of the horse, 2002.