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29 Nov 2020

An Insight into the Life of a Dedicated Numismatist

| TheNumisMaster

Cheers, greetings, and salutations, my numismatic friends! Today I wanted to take a moment and share with you all (including the younger collectors) what my life looks like in relation to this hobby we share. This idea was inspired by a dear friend of mine who saw my collection for the first time and promptly asked me "How on EARTH do you have time to do ANYTHING besides coin collecting with a collection this huge?!?". So, today I will go over how I manage things, and my life story in numismatics.First off, I need to start from the beginning. The VERY beginning. I was adopted at birth, and given to two AMAZING parents. How does this relate to my journey in numismatics? Well, it has everything to do with it! Once I learned that my grandfathers on both sides collected coins, a spark ignited inside of me. I wanted to be like my adoptive grandfathers (one of which died before I could meet him) and was willing to give numismatics a try. My love for history soon made this spark glow brighter, and pure passion fanned it into a flame that led to an all-consuming drive to acquire more coins and more knowledge. This drive for knowledge made me learn things quicker than ever before, and I grew at a rapid pace. It shaped me into who I am, and taught me lessons that I have applied in nearly all aspects of life. One time, a history teacher at school used some faulty numismatic knowledge to prove a point for his lesson, and me, being the troublemaker I am, promptly corrected him. Of course, this resulted in me being hit over the head with a ruler, but the ruler split in half, not my head, so the teacher still has a job haha. I slowly climbed the ladder of progress in growing my collection, and made many mistakes that proved to teach me valuable lessons along the way. I made more friends, became more active, and soon came to the knowledge that I could accomplish ANYTHING if I was willing to work for it.Then high school happened. I got depressed, and my grades imploded. My parents blamed my obsession with coins, and thought that I was dedicating too much time to that, and not enough to my schooling. While this may have been true, I needed something to help me cope with my depression. Coins seemed to be almost like therapy to me, and I eventually overcame those feelings. My grades where too far gone to be saved, but I came back the next year with a much happier ending. Fastforwarding to the present, I have nearly straight A's, loads of friends (plus all of you guys!), an amazing girlfriend I wouldn't trade for a 1903 saint-gaudens double eagle, and an amazing coin collecting. I owe a large percentage of who I am to this hobby, and would like to think that both of my late grandfathers would be proud of the progress I have made, both in numismatics, and in personal progress. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed! Cheers, and happy holidays, NM

Comments

That is a great life story. You never lost hope in both life and coins. Because of you, we can prove those people wrong that say it is a dying and make it even larger by making our next generation into coins for later. It is kind of like the "Dear John" movie. But my story is different, I was interested in question before coins. It worked out for you being adopted have you ever thought about if your real Grandparents had been collecting coins. Thank you!

Antek

Level 3

"an amazing girlfriend I wouldn't trade for a 1903 saint-gaudens double eagle" Would you trade her for TWO 1903 saint-gaudens double eagles?!!!??! Great read, glad your grades are great now and you've got a good life full of friends and a girlfriend! Keep on collecting!

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

You know.....

CoinHunter

Level 4

Thanks for the awesome blog, happy holidays! :)

Golfer

Level 5

Fantastic story about you and coins. Nice tribute to the grandparents. My Grandfather saved his change for me for when i came to visit. Loved coins when i was young, starting at about 10 years old. Still enjoy the hobby a great deal. Hope to get my grand kids interested in the hobby and start a collection for them. Keep up the good work, and appreciate your girl friend.

"SUN"

Level 5

Nice to share your stories and your collection with others.

Sharing numismatics with family is incredible, especially that of grandparents because they are already so great.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Haha, nice pun!

Longstrider

Level 6

Nice story of your journey. Hang in there. Thanks.

Long Beard

Level 5

What an enjoyable read. From my own perspective, when I hold a coin in my hand I find myself transported back in time through thought on what that round piece of metal had been used for. By who, how many and for what enjoyment. How many collections it may have been in prior to being in my own. Those sort of thoughts. Along with my love of this great nation's past, these small reminders only deepen my passion for both. Ultimately, we are merely caretakers as those before us.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

I agree with every word, LB! Thanks!

Happy to hear you got a happy ending. You are a great pal and I hope to move foward along with you in the path of numismatics. I am so overjoyed to be your friend and to know you are doing well. Cheers, CN

Mike B

Level 7

Great story. I have all the time in the world. You dont. School is.way more important than coins. Coins will always be here . Education is what you need. To get a job a good one. Coins will still be there. So not let coins interfere with your education.!!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

But would you trade her for a Fugio Cent??? LOL, J.K. Of course you wouldn't!

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

I dont know.... I mean, an WHOLE fugio cent???.... Hmmmm, lemme think about this one.... J.K!

Mokie

Level 5

Wow, a wonderful story and a great insight on the many ways that coin collecting, or any hobby for that matter, can help us cope with the challenges of everyday living. Thanks for your great blog and Happy Holidays to You and Yours as well.

CentSearcher

Level 4

Glad to hear that you have everything situated! I have got the coins obsession part down, but not the straight As lol.

Stumpy

Level 5

It's always nice to find out what motivates and drives us to do the things we do. You are so fortunate to have parents who went the extra mile to have you. As my dear Grandmother would have said, "You are a blessed child"! Nuff Said!

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

And boy, would she be RIGHT! Later!

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