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15 Oct 2020

What I Collect and Why I Love It

| TheNumisMaster

Hi all! This is the third time I have had to type this up because my computer always seems to crash whenever I get to the middle of the last paragraph haha. Anyway, I decided to do something a little different then my usual blog, and tell yall a little bit about my entry into the hobby of kings.If you have been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I first got stared when my father gave me a collection that belonged to my deceased grandfather. It contained one morgan and peace dollar, three silver dimes, and a few Ike dollars. I instantly fell in love with them (more for the family history than the coins themselves) and did all the research I could into them. Pretty soon, my mother mentioned something about how she also had a collection from her deceased father, but didn't know where it was. I tore my house apart for about 3 weeks (we have a fairly large house) before finding it. It had 10 ASEs, two morgans, rolls of wheats, 15 silver dimes, and 4 silver quarters. (And I have heard from a relative that he also has about 20 rolls of silver coins in a safe deposit box somewhere for my mother who said I could have them if found). This provided me with a perfect starting collection, and fueled the fire within me to begin my legacy as a numismatist. I don't know how I decided, but as a general rule, I mainly collect post 1850 US coins, but that's mainly due to a strict budget. I have a great interest in colonials, but have never gotten into foreign coinage. I go on trips all the time, and always take with me all of the denominations of the local currency (up to 10/100 depending on inflation) but soon discovered that I had a much greater interest in foreign paper money more than coinage. I decided to focus more on that than foreign coins, and only took the coins if they fell into my lap. Pretty surprisingly, they almost always did!I have recently begun collecting US bills as well (at least, more avidly that I have leading up to now). I have always kept my eyes out for star notes, and kept ever one I found (which made for lots of "fun" looking up serial numbers to find the valuable ones).I rarely was able to buy coins, so everything I had was found in circulation. I have done loads of research, but haven't found a single person who collects coins in Utah. I was fortunately able to convert my friend @StellaFanatic (Go find him under my friends and show some support, he is just starting out on the site). Since he discovered numismatics, we have been able to trade semi-frequently, and I was able to grow my collection through him.Then I finally turned 16, and was able to get a job. Once I was able to get a steady flow of money, I was able to go snipe some eBay auctions, and got some nice coins for great prices. I also got all of the Whitman folders for my date/type sets. This meant loads more trips to the bank to try and fill them up.Finally, I was able to join the ANA, and you all know the rest of the tale. As most of you know, I found numismatics when I was 12, a year where I was struggling with crippling depression, and had no intention of telling anyone. Coin collecting provided me with a constant, stable and satisfying thing to fill my time with. I was teased and mocked for this new interest to no end, but where I am now was worth every step of the journey. Thanks to coins, Linkin Park, and my best friend who let me spill my guts to her all the time, I have finally mostly moved past that phase in my life.I would like to thank you all once again for the amazing warm welcome into the community, and for helping me out with this great hobby. And Mike B, while we might never agree on reading old blogs, I appreciate your advice, your willingness to share your knowledge, and all the time you spend helping out the YNs. We appreciate you. Longstrider, thanks for helping me out and answering all my questions of paper currency. Thanks to Bama, Mokie, Kepi and everyone else who reads and comments on my blogs without fail.I would like to shout out the I.A.Y.C (International Association of Young Collectors) founded by our own Oobie and BigNubNumismatics.(If you are a YN and have discord, join us:https://discord.gg/nVFBenp) We have a blast, and its great to nerd out with people our age (No offense to all of ya old farts out there (;Cheers,Your fellow Numismatist,NM

Comments

Stella Fanatic

Level 2

Also, Linkin park is ok but Rage Against the Machine is cooler. Just not so clean XD

TheNumisMaster

Level 4

I have to agree with you there...

Stella Fanatic

Level 2

Ooooh who is said best friend who you spilled your guts to? Does it start with an A?

TheNumisMaster

Level 4

Somewhat random, but ah, no

Mike B

Level 6

Well I'm leaving my collection to my sons. My younger son has an idea what's going on but everything will be written down as to how much to charge. My rare set one of a kind in the world will not be sold. I was told to put it in a museum.. But I will find someone in the family who will be in charge of it. You known as old timers get up there this gets harder to make decisions. There all paid for.So every dime is profit..

user_61574

Level 3

Oh no i did the comment two times. Lol sorry dude

user_61574

Level 3

I love stories about how people get into the hobby. I am glad that we have been able to connect over the I.A.Y.C my good friend. I hope to be able to help on your journey as a numismatist and continue to have a great friendship. Plus i hope to start trading with you as soon as i can. Cheers. ANA

user_61574

Level 3

I love stories about how people get into the hobby. I am glad that we have been able to connect over the I.A.Y.C my good friend. I hope to be able to help on your journey as a numismatist and continue to have a great friendship. Plus i hope to start trading with you as soon as i can. Cheers. ANA

coinsbygary

Level 5

What comes out to me in this blog is the therapeutic nature of hobbies. I'm glad that your hobby is collecting coins! I started collecting coins at your age, and like you, I didn't know many people who shared my enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the internet was science-fiction when I was your age. Just as I continued my passion well into adulthood, so I believe you will do the same to have many enjoyable years of numismatics.

I spend forever trying to find a club in my area, and then after a long, random search of clicking on links, that led to pages of links, and on and on, I finally chanced upon an outdate website that listed a small one... yeah, you can tell these guys are great at marketing, lol (as it actually is an ANA club, I'm trying to convince them to get on the directory... I mean seriously, they literally do nothing to reach out to ppl and get their name out beyond an occasional ad for a talk in a local paper)... anyhow, point is (yes, we've finally arrived at one) keep looking. Eventually you will find somebody, or some club.

Having a steady flow of money helps a lot when collecting. :)

"SUN"

Level 5

Always like to read how I got started, or what I collect blogs. Good luck in the future.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Old fart huh, you young whipper snapper lol! Keep on doing what you do and you will exceed your collecting dreams when you are an old fart too.... Good hunting!

Longstrider

Level 6

Well done Kid. It's nice to read a bit more about you. I believe you are off to a better start than most. I was and am happy to help with what I can. Thanks. Getting old does suck. Enjoy your youth and make it last as long as you can.

slybluenote

Level 4

Great post NumisMaster! It's always interesting learning from young folks like you! If you haven't already guessed, I'm one of the "old farts", but like a lot of YN's out there, I'm new to the hobby of kings! My collection also includes coins from my step-father and my grandmother from my real dad along with one coin from my mom. Thanks for sharing your reasons and resources! Keep collecting and blogging! Great job!

CentSearcher

Level 4

Including me, I believe most YNs get into numismatics from a grandfather's collection. See you around!

Golfer

Level 5

When I was young, all the old farts said " don't get old". Keep up the good work on collecting, when your older you will thank your younger self. When you get older, you will say " darn it, why didn't I do that when I was younger!" All of us wish we would of collected something back then, that is now valuable. I know it's about collecting what you like, but try to find some things that will be awesome years from now.

Mokie

Level 5

Our very own SUN collects coins and lives in the Beehive State. In fact SUN is an acronym for Southern Utah Numismatist. Signed OLD Fart (:

TheNumisMaster

Level 4

Oh really? Ill have to check in on that! Thanks! Cheers, NM

Stumpy

Level 4

This old fart is not offended. It's nice to read about someone's start in this enjoyable, sometimes frustrating hobby. Having started out like you, young (I was about 6 or 7), I sometimes just pull out an old original collection from over 50 years ago and just enjoy it. I never really got serious until this year, I just collected here and there. Heck, I collected coins, put them away and I don't think I looked at any of my collection for about 30 years, yet I still collected, the love was always there but I was "Busy with life". Think about where you will be and what you will have to enjoy 50 years from now. Hats off to you, I wish I had become a serious collector Decades ago. You will certainly have a great collection that others will cherish, and the knowledge you gain will be a tremendous asset for the YNs who follow your generation. Thanks for sharing. Later!

Mike B

Level 6

Well it sounds to me your relatives knew what to do. Put the money aside. I think also your going to need a bigger house to keep all these. It sounds like a wonderful collecfion. I never had the start you did someday I will and a message. But I did get coins from my mom in law rest her soul. And some notes. Memories not value those coins will always have just like yours. Keep at it you have a wonderful start. Enjoy everyone of them. Thanks for a very nice blog I enjoyed reading it. Mike

TheNumisMaster

Level 4

Thanks! I plan on leaving my collection to posterity as well. Your mother-in-law sounds like she was a great person. Hope all is well! Cheers, NM

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