How I Became A Coin Collector
By Joshua Lake
Hello, I am Joshua Lake and I am not what you call an everyday normal twelve year old most twelve year olds play on their phones or their iPads but I do something different I collect. When the devastating death of my grandmother occurred an old box that belonged to my great-grandfather was given to my family and I snuck upstairs once to look inside of it and was amazed of what I believed at the time was pirates treasure little did I know how much that box would change my life from then on. So of course like every kid I was curious and I pulled up my trusty friend Google and started having a search frenzy until I knew about a hundred new things than before I started. My great-grandfather must of been a smart man because he saved up a bunch of dimes and a couple halve dollars, of which looked normal to me until I remembered that at a specific time the U.S. Mint made silver coins and so I hurried and as fast as I could found a website where you say what time of denomination it is the mint year and press enter. I was astonished I had about thirty bucks worth of silver coins now it does not sound like much to you advanced numismatist but I, a kid, was amazed at the thought of having some extra money. I of course did not sell them but it introduced me to the world of coin collecting but slowly I wavered away from my hobby until about a month later I moved and while unpacking found so much money (mostly pennies). So I started researching again but this time not from square one as I had that extra knowledge from last time and learned about error coins and variety coins so I looked for different penny varieties and found the Close AM and Wide AM variety. I literally stayed up from about 8 PM to 2 AM trying to find a Wide AM 1998, 1999, or a 2000 Lincoln Memorial Penny until I did, I found a Wide AM 1999 Penny. I posted it to a coin forums I was a member of and way more advanced collectors verified my lucky find. The feeling of being told from a more advanced collector that he has searched boxes and boxes for one of these type of pennies is breath taking it made me feel so lucky! Later I learned how important people like me, young numismatist, are to the survival of the hobby and so now I am introducing my friends to the Coins For As Program so they can get interested too!