Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Briguy, Oct 26, 2014.
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Before interest in coins my cousin and I collected stamps. My aunt who worked for a local jeweler, would bring home envelopes with post marks and we would remove them and marvel at all the different styles. Her boss asked her why she was taking home the used envelopes and she explained all the fun we had removing the stamps. One day she came home with a pair of Whitman folders from her boss. The fun began in 1975!
So I wasn't the only one! I moved quickly to "V" nickels and started buying proof sets from the 70's thinking they would be worth something some day.
That's cool... something about those folders. I too did some silly things with my first coins. My dad worked at a grain elevator and he would trade coins with guys from Russia and or any other country that was transporting grain over the ocean. He would have something cool for my collection at least weekly.
I'd be surprised if it didn't start this way for about 99% of us.
For me, it wasn't a teacher but rather a cousin, about a decade older than me, who showed me his Whitman albums when I was maybe 8 or 10 years old. That's all it took to get me hooked.
I started with the Lincoln memorial cent album of course, and I remember being in awe of my cousin's wheat cent, nickel and dime albums and wondering if I'd ever be able to afford collecting such valuable coins myself!
I later bought a metal detector and started finding old coins for free!!
I'm in the same boat as you. I really didn't have anyone to lead me to collecting. I like to buy antiques, art, old books, baseball cards, etc. my kids hate bringing friends over to the house because they say our house looks like a museum. I have oil paintings and limited edition prints all over my house. I have pottery and porcelain too. I collect baseball cards. I got tired of collecting cards because of the prices. I still pick up a few every now and then. When I got tired of cards, I noticed how coin prices were steadily increasing. I got in to it for future investment and for things to pass down to my grandchildren and great grand kids, I still have 8 yrs till a grand kid is in the conversation. My family was poor growing up. I guess I like to have things worth value nearby. Don't get me wrong, I also do this to preserve the history behind the piece.
Regardless, I started collecting coins then and never fully stopped, though I did slow considerably between 18 and 32. Now at 36, I have the means and knowledge to add quality to my collection, which is nice considering all the time I spent longing for certain coins in my teen years.
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