To finance my new hobby, I sold off a number of things I had sitting around the house annoying my wife - particularly the Star Wars figures and Transformers I played with as a kid, my US mint sets and commemoratives, and my antique firecracker packs (yes, people actually collect them - and in fact their sale raised the most money). I started by picking up a few coins on Forum, then I moved to auctions where I first seriously overbid an Olbia dolphin - but I love dolphins and I thought it was amazing that someone used one as coinage. I'm learning a lot each day, but the thing that's amazed me most is I completely misjudged the advantage of collecting ancients. Going in, I thought it was a combination of each coin being unique and the opportunity to connect with history. While those are true, what I'm finding is that I'm not buying coins - I'm buying stories. Another hobby of mine is writing novels (just released my first recently), and I'm finding a tremendous wealth of material as I'm realizing that Game of Thrones pretty much plagiarized Roman history. Of course, my wife tells me that I can find the stories without the coins, but they make everything so real. To display my coins and prevent my relatives from holding them, I created this album. Below are some rather bad shots of the storage. I write up a story for each, most of which is pulled from Wikipedia. I feel this provides a lot of context to the coin, since each is more of a discussion with history than a metal object. I put each coin in a slip pocket, then print out a description, cut a space out, and tape the slip case in. I then place the whole thing in a protective sleeve, then put it in my coin binder. So far, I've started with coins you consider very common, but I still love them. My collection is currently at 52 coins with 15 more on the way, including a Julius Caesar elephant denarius I'm thrilled about. I also have an Aquilia Severa and Severina coming, who have fascinating histories. I'll likely slow down now as I'm nearly out of money, but I'm in this for the long haul and know I'll eventually fill it in. I've already spent a lot of time going through posts in this forum and I'm awed by how much dedication and knowledge there is. I look forward to participating and learning!