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04 Sep 2014

My beginnings in the world of coin collecting

Coins-United States | Moneda1793

My father had a friend who owned a stationary store. I had a after school job there, basically sweeping and breaking down boxes. Being 11 ,it felt good to have some pocket change to buy comic books or accessories for my GI Joes. I was getting paid $10 to $15 a week. Lo and behold, in the back of the store he had a small coin shop. Looking through the case ,I was fascinated by the Large cent. No more comic books or GI Joe items for me! Most of my pay went for a Large cent. At that time I paid about $9 for a good condition common date  Large cent (around 1969). As far as I can remember ,I have always been a collector,starting out with collecting and trading Batman cards for Green Hornet (Van Williams and Bruce Lee). Down to this day I've stay with collecting coins,basically Type sets, Indian head and Lincoln sets, and U.S.paper money (Large notes and Fractional currency). Always been a member of a coin club. I also collect Numismatic Literature (old and rare) as I have always had a love for books. Being retired , I have more time to spend in the greatest hobby of collecting and studying coins.

Comments

I find it amazing how coin collecting can bring so many different people together. I wish I had such an extensive library! Thanks for sharing!

Mike Burn

Level 5

It doesn't matter how you got here the important thing is your here. Welcome to the greatest hobby in the word. And with those titles you can't go wrong. Enjoy reading them and collecting.

Moneda1793

Level 3

Added a few pics of "the Library". Enjoy!!

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

I wish I could have more coin info at an arms reach like you have. I only have 7 books in my library and y budget is small so I try to get more coins than books and other supplies

Kellen

Level 5

I wish my coin library was that size! Even though I am a member of the NBS, my library is not quite that giant!

nucsro

Level 4

That is awesome. Maybe you can help me out. I have recently bought an Indian Head Cent that is counter stamped with "G. K. Morris". Do you have any knowledge to who G. K. Morris is?

Moneda1793

Level 3

I'll look into it and get back to you. : )

Cool!

Fugio1787

Level 4

Very nIce library. I see some great titles, including Taxay's "U.S. Mint and Coinage" as well as various books by Bowers. I also see the what appears to be the "Catalogue of Coins, Tokens, and Medals in the Numismatc Collection of the Mint of the United States at Philadephia, Pa." I have a copy of the third edition, published in 1914; great plates. I am a historian and I have a library which has about 1,000 American history books in it (books on other subjects are in other parts of the house--the house is, well, crammed with books). I have ensured that I have room for about 200 numismatic books and older coin catalogues in the library. I take great enjoyment in retreating to the library and reading a snippet here and there. I just pulled out Newman and Bressett's book, "The Fantastic 1804 Dollar," a splendid work and I am now re-reading it. Although I have my collection priorities, I really like to see something at a coin show or read about something in, say, "Coin World," and then sequester myself in the library for further reading.

Moneda1793

Level 3

Did you get a chance to read Q. David Bowers "Coins and Collectors" Golden Anniversary Edition? A must read!!

$guy

Level 5

I managed to clear a shelf and put some 50 books and catalogs a-la-coin info. It was more out of defense from Ian when he skypes he talks about my mess behind me and I talk about his lone art work behind him. The coin and photography talk is well worth the effort. Find friends in the coin world you like and Skype you get a lot of learning done that way!! Right Ian? The nice part is Ian is in Vienna which was a nice visit, Too!!

user_6683

Level 4

Nice collection that is one awesome set.

CMCC

Level 5

Wow! As Longstrider said, impressive library!

$guy

Level 5

My library is a 10X10 room that I built shelves into the walls on three sides from door to door as you pass through. Enough books on currency and stuff to have caused a small forest to have donated to a pulp mill. What shelf space is not devoted to Numismatics are references to photography, a quarter century avocation/vocation. A little of the space is devoted to a several hundred bottle coca cola collection from dozens of countries. A few fossils also decorate a little shelf space. Also have a wife that hates the mess and threatens to "clean house" one of these days. All in a days collecting I guess! :-)

user_5225

Level 4

wow.

Longstrider

Level 5

Wow! That is one impressive library.

user_9998

Level 5

Awesome! I need to get a coin library that size.

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