How I got into collecting is a different story than most you have probably heard. I went on an overnighter for scouts and my friends did the coin collecting merit badge. When we were walking back to camp they started talking to me about it and how they were going to start a coin club. I took some interest, mainly because of how they told me pennies could be worth thousands. A few days after I went on a trip to Colorado and went into an antique shop. I didn't know much about collection but I saw the shop had many coins. I asked if they had indian head pennies, and wheat pennies (which were really the only valuable coins I knew about then), he went into the back of his shop and came back with some interesting things. I only bought two indian heads for a buck each, which is a pretty good deal, and a wheat penny for a dollar, (which I regret). If I would've known more about error coins there is this one penny that I wish I would've coughed up the money for. He had an indian head penny that had been struck twice on the back, but heres the thing, the second strike on the reverse was the back of a mercury dime. He only asked 25 dollars for it so I guess he didn't know much about error coins either.
After the trip was over I showed my friends my new collection and asked if I could join their club, they let me and now I run the instagram page for it. Soon I got the red book and read just about everything in it, as well as some articles online, so I am much more experienced now then when I was at that antique shop before. A few weeks later an add for a coin show showed up in the news paper. My dad took my friends and I, There I pretty much quadrupled my collection. That day I got my dad into collecting! The next day I discovered for myself the ANA, and joined it, then got my friend to join it. And That is how I am here now. A young numismatist.