Dealer, Collector, Dealer/Collector?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Kentucky, May 25, 2019.


What would you consider yourself?

  1. Dealer, I don't collect

  2. Dealer and collector of some

  3. Collector, I don't sell much if any

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  1. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Having known a few dealers, I don't think any of them are really collectors. I know there are a lot of dealers on CT, but I haven't the foggiest idea if any of the dealers also consider themselves collectors. I have also seen many people on here declare that they have never sold a coin in their lives. Just wanting to get a count and any opinions you would like to share.
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  3. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Started as a collector started selling and became more of a dealer than a collector. I keep a few but sell most
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  4. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    Been a collector for 50 years. I've got every coin I ever found or bought. Never sold anything. Kids will hopefully appreciate this small portion of their inheritance.
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  5. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    I think I've maybe sold 3 coins I've ever collected. I am not a dealer
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  6. Rick Stachowski

    Rick Stachowski Well-Known Member

    Collector .
    I worked union my whole life.
    So I keep everything .

    Union ( pension ) pays my way in life .
  7. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    I sell a lot at shows as a vest pocket dealer, and some shows I attend primarily to sell. I always look for what I collect, but infrequently find anything at shows. Most of my collection is acquired online.
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  8. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Sold a few duplicates and lesser quality pieces upon upgrade. All at purchase or below prices. And I want pass on my good coins to my son.

    Guess that means I am more of a collector than dealer...
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  9. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    I'm mostly a collector, though I did find a couple of error coins that I sold to a coin shop.
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  10. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Everything I've bought since 2006 is for sale. Everything I bought before then sits in a separate SDB and gets little of my attention.
  11. JCro57

    JCro57 Making Errors Great Again

    I only sell ones if I acquired a nicer one to replace it
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  12. Dimedude2

    Dimedude2 Member

    I am in the same boat as JCro57
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  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I'm a collector but since I have an antique shop I do sell there. I buy for myself, not the shop. I keep what I collect totally separate from what I sell.
  14. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    This kind of thing has come up many times over the years. And when it does I find myself almost always pointing something out. Namely that before one can ask such questions I think it important that one first needs to define what a dealer is. And then, one also has to define what is a collector.

    And I'm gonna predict, right now, what's going to happen because the same thing always happens - there's not going to be any consensus as to what defines a dealer, or a collector. Instead, there's going to be a whole gaggle of definitions ! And dang few of them are ever going to agree with each other. And some will be night and day different.

    But I'll give ya mine, and defining a dealer is the easy one ! A dealer is somebody who makes his living selling coins - his primary source of income is derived from selling coins. That's it, plain and simple. If you don't meet that criteria - you're not a dealer.

    So what defines a collector ? That's much more complicated, in my eyes anyway. And I say that because just acquiring coins, and putting them away in a jar or bowl or bags does not make one a collector. Nor does using a coin board like those for the State Quarters when they first came out. No, being a collector means much much more.

    To be a collector one needs to acquire the coins because there is something specific about them that he likes, organize them in one way or another, study them, and learn about them - including how they are made, what they are made of, their specifics, their history, etc etc.

    And I'll grant you there are a great many degrees to which that last line can be carried. But that last line is the defining criteria for a collector. And if you don't meet it, then you're not a collector.

    And yeah, this is a classic example of something I say quite often. Very few people ever have the same definitions for anything !
  15. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

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  16. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    Let me be the first to disagree with you on this definition.

    A dealer is someone who buys coins with primary goal to sell at a profit.
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  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Agreeded. You don't need to support yourself to be a dealer. You can support yourself in other ways and still be a dealer in coins.
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  18. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Hmmm - let's say the elderly neighbor lady down the street pays you to install a new faucet in her kitchen or paint her porch ? Does that make you a plumber or a painter ?

    I have to say no, it doesn't. And the examples are countless. Same thing applies to coins.
  19. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    Let the OP define it then so that he can get meaningful responses.
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  20. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Fair enough. My initial thought was to get a feeling for the demographics of our little microcosm here. Selling one coin doesn't make you a dealer and keeping a lucky pocket piece doesn't make you a collector. I would define a dealer as a person who often buys coins with the express purpose of resale, AND who derives a significant (say >25%) of their income from their business. That would include all of the big guys and some of the "vest pocket" dealers. On the other hand, a collector doesn't have to study extensively (remember this is MY definition...others are welcome to disagree), but they acquire, arrange and study coins without much or any thought of resale.
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  21. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    <---- collector!
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