How do you enjoy your collection?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Lunchbox John, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. I like to put on a historical documentary or period piece show from the eras of recent purchases and peruse the collection while viewing stories of the time.

    I also read biographies/history books that coincide with whatever type I'm into at the time to immerse myself in the history.
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  3. CoinBreaux

    CoinBreaux Well-Known Member

    If the coin is drop dead gorgeous I just stare at it, failing to comprehend that I own it. For my more beat up coins, I like to image where it has been. If it is low grade coin, I imagine that some kid worked for days to earn it or maybe a president kept it as a lucky token and rubbed it when he was stressed. When I look at my entire collection, I put on some classy music.
  4. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Why live?...

    I drill holes in them and put them on a pegboard.
  5. Galen59

    Galen59 Gott helfe mir

    I sell them and buy better.
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  6. Skyman

    Skyman Well-Known Member

    With a drink, obviously.

    Of course, these days the drink is non-alcoholic.
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  7. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Pity. I'm at the point in life where I need it........
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  8. calcol

    calcol Supporter! Supporter

    Coins are best served with a robust Lodi zin or syrah.

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  9. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I'm a history nut. I study most everything I buy. That's the fun part for me. I never drink.;)
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  10. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    very much, thank you
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  11. PHanagriff

    PHanagriff Active Member

    As a old newbie, I first put my meager collection in 2x2's in the blue plastic coin boxes with some info written on the flips. The more interesting ones I put into coin pages and put additional info on a typed sheet of paper that accompanied each coin page. Now I am in the process of moving all of my coins from the boxes to binders. This way I can look at them more and display them to people.
  12. heavycam.monstervam

    heavycam.monstervam Full-fledged Vam-pire

    I like to put on some slow music, like -
    Barry White & light about 7 scented candles.
    Nip on some of Grandpas cough medicine, caress & whisper sweet nothings to my box of 20.........
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  13. AngelDeath

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  14. u812?

    u812? Better-Known Member

    Me....I sell them and buy more.
  15. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    uh.............what point is own answer - any point - somewhere the "sun is above the yardarm"
  16. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    I've been thinking of starting a thread just like this. Thanks for doing it.

    I don't see the point of having my coins locked away where I can't enjoy them, or having to dig them out to look at them.

    I have been photographing the coins and putting them on a network-attached storage device (NAS) - basically a big disk drive on my home network. It supports remote access from my iPhone so I can see any photo at any time wherever I am. This comes in handy on a visit to the LCS if I want to show them something.

    I have also been exploring animating the images. (See the thread Animation and Coin Photography or Which US Coin has the best design? if you haven't been inundated with them yet.) I wrote a little program that shows these animated images on both of my desktop monitors, like this:

    The images are displayed in random order for 15 seconds each, and when each one has been displayed, shows them all over again in a new sequence. I haven't photographed everything, but I'm getting there. Fifteen seconds is enough time for me to appreciate the 3-D effect of the moving images and take a good look at the coin.

    For me this works great! It's as if someone were handing me each of my coins and suggesting I take a close look. There is as much detail as if I had a loupe and moved the coin in hand.

    By the way, between the keyboard and the monitors there are actual coins - my 1950 proof birth year set. To the left of the picture is a 1917 year set for my parents' birth year. These always deserve to be seen.
    • I enjoy tracking down really nice coins
    • I enjoy photographing them
    • I like figuring out how to animate them to show the in-hand look
    • Writing the software to straighten, crop, and animate the photos is fun
    • Writing the on-screen displayer was also fun
    • And I like to look at the pictures
    • Edit: How could I fail to say how much CoinTalk adds to the enjoyment! :smuggrin:
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2017
  17. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Well-Known Member

    I give my new finds to my grandbabies. 6,8,11. When we get together i tell them about coins that are on coin talk and new things about coins. They bring there books out and we add what we can. 6yr old has the bestest collection cuz her book is full. She fills her with the shinest pennies and doesn't want any dirty ones. I gave her some magnetic canadian pennies and now she's rich cuz the boys don't have any. The boys are letting her run with it. She shows them to all. Does the magnet trick. Kids love coins

  18. That's awesome. I work on a dual monitor set up as well and would love to have my collection come up while I'm scanning and doing paperwork. Very cool.
  19. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the great thread idea. These threads let us novice chime right in while knowing very little abount coins.
  20. Galen59

    Galen59 Gott helfe mir

    You've never been to Russia, 12 shots, and your looked at as if "really your done"
    that's why I'm getting rid off some things, new generation, they need to learn
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  21. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    It all gets confusing at times......drives me to drink. I find I have bought the same coin twice, or 3 times? Then I think I should sell some of the extras. Then I think about having another drink. Uh, what were we talking about?
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