thatcoinguy's Blog

06 Sep 2021

Q&A #3: @Mike

Young Numismatists Exchange | thatcoinguy

Hello fellow YNs and YNH!

What to say about Mike. He is truly the informative user on the site, and his amount of points speak for themselves. 137,660 and counting??? This dude knows what he is talking about.

Me: How old are you?

Mike: I will be 68 this month.

Me: What is your favorite coin?

Mike: The 1937 Antietam.

Me: What is your favorite VAM/Error/Variety?

Mike: I would have to say the 1937-D three legged Buffalo Nickel.

Me: How did you start collecting?

Mike:I was in a terrible accident a truck hit my company car. I was unconscious for three months. It turned out I had a traumatic brain injury and I fractured my neck. My neurosurgeons told me I would need a hobby to keep my mind active. One of them was becoming a collector. After rehab, I began my collecting journey. That was 27 years ago. I haven't looked back since.

Me: How did you decide what to collect?

Mike:I saw a token from England, and it was beautiful. I looked it up and it turned out to be a Conder Token. I have been collecting them ever since.
Me: What is your favorite collecting story?Mike:I saw a set of Conder tokens in the book I bought. They were half penny's, all made in 1797. I decided to complete that set. It took me five years. It it still, as of today, the only completed set known. NGC put my name on the slabs next to the grade.

Me: What is your advice for future collectors and YNs?

Mike: Never give up. Do well in school. Search coin rolls. Collect what you like. Stay on a budget and save your money. I know it is hard buying coins, but many have started out roll searching and have great and complete sets.

With that, thanks Mike for responding to my questions, and thank you for reading the blog.

Keep collecting,


P.S. Kepi, if you want to be next, shoot me a message.



Level 6

Great blog. Like to see more like this one.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Wonderful interview of a worthy subject! Thanks!


Level 5

Mike is a legend for sure. Great man and numismatist. The Conder token set is quite the accomplishment.


Level 6

I really enjoyed this blog! It's fun to learn what our fellow Numi's are all about. Mike is a great guy and definitely knows his stuff! I'm glad to call him my friend! Thanks "thatcoinguy"! ; )


Level 6

Cool! I sent you a message... I'd love to be interviewed! ; )

It's Mokie

Level 6

I could not name two other more worthy individuals than Longstrider and Mike to represent the best of our hobby. They are Numismatists in the truest sense of that word and they are resources all of us can call upon at any time to have our questions answered. Thank You thatcoinguy for bringing these two to the forefront and Thank You Mike for being a mentor to myself and countless others on this site.


Level 7

Thank you for asking. I was honored you chose me. . I just do what we all do collect coins and help those who want it.! Enjoy.


Level 6

That was very well done. Mike is a great collector and a great man. He always, sometimes to a fault, tries to help everyone, especially you YN's.. This is a good job but he is much more than this short blog. Learn from him and his advice. Sometimes he can be a bit crusty but who isn't from time to time. HINT: Never, ever call a cent a penny unless you are talking about a British Penny. It makes his eyes bleed. Mike is my Brother. Thanks. Come on Kepi. It don't hurt much!!

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