The top 3 numismatic things that happened to me are:
I believe that finding a hobby is essential to a healthy outlook on life, and with coin collecting you have a hobby that inspires and teaches it's participants. A handful of change can tell a long story about silver shortages, wars, celebrations and important events. But that story starts with each individual collector, each entering into the hobby for different reasons. For some, coin collecting gives us respite from a world that often is overly involved with the concerns of others. It brings our thoughts into focus in a specific area that holds great interest to one's self. Whether it be gryphons or gorgons, watchful eagles or possibly trees, a person can find an area of coin collecting that brings great joy into not only their life but into the lives of others. Some coin collectors spend long hours studying their collection, reading numismatic material, furthering their knowledge of their particular area of numismatic interest. There are die combinations to learn about, hordes that have been studied, legend variations to look after, and all happening while one tries to fully enjoy their coins. It can get confusing as coin collecting often involves more than just looking at your coins, but this is a hobby and it is only important to enjoy it and to have fun. Along the way of coin collecting fun, though, you will start to notice variations in your coins that you have and you will want to know more. Why did this particular coin have this type of legend, and this other one shows a different style? Outside of the pretty images and silver and gold content one eventually learns that any serious numismatic pursuit involves a lot of counting and cataloging things. Now that doesn't mean if you are bad at math then numismatics is not your pursuit. It does involve some level of mathematics, but this area of math is practiced only in a fun way, trust me. You do not jump right in counting coin types in hordes and learning about die combinations, but it comes eventually because it just does. Because numismatics, besides being about math and about coin COLLECTING, is also a scientific pursuit. You can get our your microscope as well as your cotton gloves, because your coin collection will become a classroom over time. Through your study of your collection you will learn about how environment affects some coin surfaces. You will learn about toning of coins, about patinas both natural and artificial. You will learn a lot about metal contents, and what is expected for certain issues. Flow lines and clogged dies, various makeup of coin hordes, there is a great deal to know. But outside of this scientific aspect of numismatics there is still even more. Coin and currency collecting also holds a high level of interest to those studying history. In cataloging one's collection, specifically identifying details on your coins, getting to know them each personally through hours of hands on learning, weighing and measuring, and always studying, one becomes an actual numismatist and not just a coin collector. Through this study a coin collector becomes more expert, and sometimes a collector finds they wish to share what they have learned with others. This hobby is so expansive, and includes a type of people that for the most part are dedicated to furthering the intellectual advancement of mankind. Some collectors feel that the need to share their knowledge with others is important, and it grows this hobby in ways that are hard to quantify. There are many reasons why people choose numismatics, and for some those reasons shift and grow over time. One might start off collecting silver, then graduating to Franklin Halves only, then slowly moving into Civil War Tokens. By the time old age is reached there is a lot of experience to share, and that becomes the next level. You have a nice collection. You have learned so much about history. Your scientific pursuit in this hobby has been so very rewarding. You are ready to help others. One might get into numismatics for a variety of reasons, but with time, the reason one stays is to help others. Have fun collecting.