Each collector has their own story about how they got started. What's your story?
My interest began when my grandmother gave me two silver dollars, 1921 Morgan and 1922 Peace. Did a relative give you an old, interesting coin for a special occasion?
Back when I began collecting, silver coins still circulated, along with clad coins, Buffalo nickels, wheat back cents and many other types of coins. Did you find a really old coin and wonder what it was? Perhaps a Buffalo nickel with the date worn off, or a Mercury dime, something different from the usual assortment of change?
Maybe you found an old piggy bank or purse with older coins. Some World War II issues may have been there, such as a few silver War nickels, or steel cents of 1943. Something different can stand out and pique your interest.
While watching the news, maybe you saw a story about a rare coin that sold for millions. Did that make you wonder what coins and numismatics were about, and how you could get involved?
Something as simple as saving Statehood quarters to make a set can start a lifetime hobby. After finding all the Statehood quarters, there were National Park quarters. Then the clad Washington quarters. Then the silver issues of 1941-1964. Then the older Washingtons. And then...
There as many ways to start collecting as there are collectors.