Login

World_Coin_Nut's Blog

03 Jun 2016

How I Got Started

Coins-United States | World_Coin_Nut

I started collecting coins in the early 1970’s by helping my grandfather sort pennies for our Lincoln folders. We would spend hours sitting around my grandparent’s dining room table. I remember being absolutely amazed at the size of his collection of what I considered to be impossibly old coins.

His pride and joy was his nearly complete set of Liberty Head (V) Nickels. It was nearly complete, missing only the 1883 no cents and of course the 1913. I remember there being a perforated cardboard plug in the spot of the 1913.  I thought it was perforated so that if you did happen to find one you could just press it into that Whitman blue folder.

He had multiple almost complete sets of Lincoln cents, a largely complete set Mercury dimes and a nearly complete set of Buffalo nickels. Just about everything in his collection was both well-worn and minted during his lifetime.

Recently I started trying to get my granddaughter interested. She is 4 so I have plenty of time to work with her. I want her to have similar memories of me that I do of my grandfather. The time we spent sorting coins are some of the most memorable of my childhood.

The real point of this story is one that I believe is important. In his lifetime my grandfather never purchased a coin. Actually he thought it kind of strange that a lot of people did purchase coins. Coins minted in my youth are now approaching 50 years old which is only slightly younger than the coins from my grandfather’s youth when I was a young boy. Hopefully in another 50 years the coins minted now will be just as interesting to the current YN’s grandchildren as I found my grandfather’s coins to be. Some of you will say that because of the absence of precious metal coins being minted now for circulation that I am not comparing apples to apples per se. My grandparents were poor. The largest denomination my grandfather collected was dimes because they couldn’t afford to keep anything larger than that. So, the only precious metal coins he had were dimes.  

Just food for thought.

Comments

CoinLady

Level 6

Nice story. My grandmother got ne started collecting. Your grandfather was missing the 1883 no cents nickel? I thought it was common.

ZanzibarCoins

Level 4

That is how I got started too! Great story!

user_7180

Level 5

It is always great to hear how a collector got started. Fascination? History? Family? Thanks for sharing your history with the ANA community.

CMCC

Level 5

Good story! Keep the hobby going!

Pliny The Elder

Level 5

Love it. Very nice story to read. And you are so right to do this. Those will be memories she will treasure for years, just like it is for you.

Mike

Level 7

What a great story! I remember doing that with my younger son. Your daughter is off to a good start. Especially with a dad and mom like you two. Thanks for sharing that story with your grandpa. Those are values you can't put a price on. Mike.

We use cookies to provide users the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we'll assume that you agree to receive all cookies on money.org. You may disable cookies at any time using your internet browser configuration. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our privacy policy and terms of use. To learn more about how we use cookies and to review our privacy policy, click here.