Happy New Year to all! This is the time when many folks make resolutions, decide to try something new. It's been written about many times (including by me) to collect something new in the new year. My own collecting experience began soon after a year began.
No, I won't reveal what year. But at Christmas, my grandmother had given me two silver dollars. One was a 1921 Morgan, the other a 1922 Peace. I was fascinated that the coins were dated only a year apart, but looked so different. I wanted to learn more.
It so happened that I came down with something the first week of January and stayed home from school. I had time to really look at those silver dollars and study them. I looked at other coins, from the piggy bank, from my jacket pocket. In those days, there were still Buffalo nickels, Mercury dimes, and silver coins. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. It became more and more interesting. So many questions.
If I had to pick a certain date when my coin love began, it would be January 6. And after all these years, I'm still interested and still learning.