ARE YOU A COIN COLLECTOR OR A NUMISMATIST?
I ran across a article comparing coin collectors and numismatists. I thought I would share my take on this topic.
I believe a coin collector is a person that will accumulate coins to complete a series. The collector will organize his/her collection in folders, albums and 2 x 2 holders. The collector will enjoy the hobby by plugging holes and keeping track of the monetary value of his/her collection. Most collectors will not be a member of a national, regional, or specialized club. They might be a member of a local club if there is one available.
A numismatist is a person that studies and collect coins, tokens, medals, paper money and other related items. A numismatist will go beyond accumulating items by building a library to study and research the items in his/her collection. This research will provide personal value (not just monetary value) by learning the history or story behind the items in his/her collection. A numismatist will enjoy sharing his/her knowledge with others.
What are you? A coin collector or a numismatist. When do you feel you become a numismatic?