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13 Dec 2020

Just saying hello with end of year good vibes...Collecting 40+ years, online stuff is new for me...

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I've actually been collecting for decades, but getting online with my life-long hobby is still fairly new to me even though I started collecting in the late 70's!My Mom gave me a few old U.S. silver and really old British copper coins, then grandma gave me a few silver half dollars maybe Franklins (I was 10), then someone got me a Whitman Lincoln penny book and small Whitman box
(which I still have and actually toned a couple gaming/museum tokens I left inside it...for 39 years!).
I remember riding our variety of kid bikes like the Goonies to our local bank almost 2 miles away and then taking a few rolls of pennies back to a spot literally near the railroad tracks in North West Indiana to dump out the pennies in the grass and hunt for 1909 VDBs :-) Seemingly every kid's magazine and comic book had ads about rare wheat pennies and such and I was already hooked for life.
I'm loving how getting on the web in the last couple years has both expanded my knowledge and my collecting interests, even at 50-something.A whole bunch of my collection over the years has come from searching both vintage rolls and U.S. Mint rolls. I collect plenty of graded coins too and worked my way up to a pretty darn serious collection without really trying too hard honestly. It just took time and plenty of self-education. I don't claim to be an expert but I do have my specialties like most of the long-time collectors.
Now those who are interested in coins are lucky with the huge amount of resources available, also some are also completely over-whelmed or frustrated by the vastness of it all or maybe they unfortunately already got ripped off in some way. I don't like that... like pretty much all of us I really don't like to see people upset (at any age) by the very thing that they are potentially quite interested in.
So just as the pandemic began with lock-downs I decided to start doing videos to share my 40+ years of knowledge and wisdom about things I think I might know, numismatic-ally :-) Not in any particular order.Skills which happen to include being very good at NOT getting ripped off with online coin and roll purchases! You know, those "unsearched" rolls, and those ultra rare expensive coins with blurry photos lol?!
I was lucky to be working at home mostly already managing field people full time. But also I'm in some higher risk health categories, diabetes, very very old lol, other stuff... anyway I like so many others immediately took the safety of others and of course myself quite seriously. As side note, my immediate family includes nurses, EMT, and actual scientists so I was getting quick and honest updates on all things pandemic. I decided to spend some of what I knew was about to bringing some potential bored moments sharing my numismatic existence.
While still working full time I simply started filming some of my coin roll hunts and waxing poetic and showing off some loved coins from my collection and truly unique things too...and of course my main thing which is now that I approach retirement and STILL LOOOOVE coin collecting I simply want to advocate for and participate more in the larger coin collecting community.
The name of my YouTube channel is "Coins are Neato!" and my hope is that viewers enjoy it even half as much as I've enjoyed so many years of coins and the good people I've gotten to know over the years! And yes, I still say neato!
My degree is actually in Commercial Photography from the days of emulsion film so I've always enjoyed great imagery and videography as well. I decided my self-education this year would be about participating in the coin communities online and delivering anything I can to them that might be helpful, or entertaining, or hilarious of course! All while making interesting, informative, visually appealing videos about anything the numismatists might enjoy.Like so many others I've always loved inspiring younger collectors among other things but I really love when I can inform the informed people of something new too! I also happen to come from a family of teachers, a role which started my own career(s) too!
I'm feeling pretty proud of myself at the moment...I have learned video editing and I'm improving and getting feedback. I've shared a good amount of coin collecting knowledge, I kept working full time while making a few dozen videos and participating much more in the online coin communities and it's only added to the validation of my existence. :-)
Thanks to my new found online channels of numismatic info and participation and entertainment, this year has been AMAZING!!!Bet you didn't think I was going to say that! :-) Trust me, I'm not ignoring all that other stuff!Hopefully you weren't effected too negatively by everything this year but our hopes and love and support (from those who can) and even the "everything's going to be ok's" are totally there with you.Please enjoy some totally random coin images!Happy holidays and Happy New Year!!!- Be safe everyone, be kind everyone.- Kurisu

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

Welcome to the ANA. Your knowledge and passion for collecting really shines through. I am just starting out in collecting.

Kurisu

Level 4

Well thank you so much! Enjoy the hobby!!!

Kepi

Level 6

Welcome to a great site! Good people and lots of information! Enjoy collecting and have fun ; )

Kurisu

Level 4

Thank you I'm diving in! Nice, Happy Holidays!

Longstrider

Level 6

Good to meet you Kurisu. Welcome to our little area. Cool stuff and a great story. I'll have to check out your you tube channel. Thanks.

Kurisu

Level 4

Well thank you! I'm planning on some super fun blog entries and collections here so thanks again! :-)

Long Beard

Level 5

Like yourself, I've been at this for as many years and still have my old blue folders that started this journey. Great blog!

Kurisu

Level 4

Appreciated and I salute our enduring love of this :-) Thanks!!! Happy Holidays!

WOW! That silver war nickel is incredible! Welcome, I look forward to hearing more from you. Your experience in the hobby must be unmatched by most collectors. You've been collecting for 3x my age!

Kurisu

Level 4

Thanks! I look forward to enjoying some time here :-)

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Welcome to the ANA!! I started collecting around the same time that you did (1977 here).. You have quite the collection there. Thanks for sharing!!

Kurisu

Level 4

You're quite welcome! Nice to meet you :-) I'm sure I'll be posting more fun things from the collection...!

Oh wow, welcome to the site. I can't say much you outranks all my knowledge. I am just a kid, but welcome to the ANA. I am excited to hear more from you. I subscribed too :)

Kurisu

Level 4

Thank you so very much! :-) Happy Holidays!

CoinHunter

Level 5

I love the 1913 buffalo, it is in phenomenal condition!

Kurisu

Level 4

Thank you, yup the reverse is beautiful too... I'll edit the post to add the reverse to you can see! :-)

Mike

Level 7

Well your in the right place. Welcome to the ANA.!! We have great kids who collect up to old timers like me. !! So you should enjoy it. Thanks for the blog and sharing your coins with us. Well done!!

Kurisu

Level 4

Much appreciated! I will try and make a blog post a regular type thing :-)

Golfer

Level 5

Happy new year to you. Looking forward to seeing and reading more about your coins and your collecting experiences !

Kurisu

Level 4

Thank you!!! Happy Everything :-)

user_38732

Level 2

Great post, glad to have you!

Kurisu

Level 4

Well thank you so much :-) Happy Holidays!

CentSearcher

Level 5

Welcome to the ANA! That steelie is a very nice piece. Later!

Kurisu

Level 4

I would dare say it's one of my very nicest pieces ever so thank you for that! :-)

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Glad to have you hear. Looking forward to you sharing more of your interests.

Kurisu

Level 4

Thank you so much! I have a feeling this might become a semi-regular thing from me :-)

Mokie

Level 6

Thanks for sharing your wonderful numismatic story. I started in 1968 and can relate to the bike/bank/Lincoln Roll search as if it were yesterday. Oh, and BTW, WELCOME to our forum, I am looking forward to hearing more from you, Kurisu.

Kurisu

Level 4

I love it!!! Thanks... thinking about my next blog entry :-)

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Glad you are here and looking forward to your contributions and friendship with us!

Kurisu

Level 4

Sweet, very nice :-) Me too! Happy Holidays and be safe!

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Amazing coins! I am a SUCKER for RPF coins, and that dime caught my attention right off the bat! Amazing numismatic story! Hope to hear more from you going forward. Cheers, NM Edit: I am on the YN side of the spectrum Stumpy pointed out.

Kurisu

Level 4

Thank you thank you! :-) Happy Holidays!

"SUN"

Level 6

Liked your coins. Looking forward in hearing more from you in the future/

Kurisu

Level 4

I appreciate that! I will be visiting regularly and I'm sure I'll get to some more blogging too :-)

Stumpy

Level 5

Nice coins, lots of good folks on this site, from YNs to old farts. Welcome!

Kurisu

Level 4

Haha!!! I lean towards one end of that spectrum :-) Happy Holidays and thank you!

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