Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by B12, Dec 4, 2005.
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2 - My parents giving me a silver ecu as a birthday present
And the virus was in my body, and never left me alone since that
Please, have mercy of me, give me more !!!!
De Orc :goofer:
I've been slowly at it ever since. Now I'm 20 and still don't have a complete set of anything.
My dad and mom had gotten some coins though the years...some good deals...some bad...I had some too and liked to look at them...
Then I decided that I was going to buy some...nothing big just some neat ones like wheats...buffs...and the like....
Franklins Halves got me because they were cheap and I could get about 2-3 dates a week in lower grades...I looked through bags of junk silver that my dad had...and traded and completed the set.
I was on 1 main forum at that time...CoinWorld forum and many of the guys there helped out with info and kept me going and hunting for coins...
(This is looking like a book)
Then as my job got to be a paying jig I started buying more and setting back money so I could get some key dates....Wheat cents had been my set that was taking me a long time to complete...(I completed it this year with the 1912-S and 1924-D)
A man I knew in the Nursing home that was a collector also helped me tons untill this year when he died...
Others have been a big part in my collecting...I could list names of guys here...and other places...but I can't say who 1 person started me....it was a joint effort
There are still many many things I need to learn and read....and there are many things I hope to do in my years of collecting before me....but I think one of the biggest things I hope to do is help some collector...like many guys helped me.
I remember not wanting to spend any of my "collection" on albums (did not have a lot of money anyway), so I made my own "albums" from corrugated cardboard.
The Highest Ideal of Human Achievement
In Atlas Shrugged, one of the heroes, Francisco d'Anconia, gives a speech on the meaning of money. In it he says: "The words 'to make money' hold the essence of human morality." His reason is that one makes money through production and trade. And that is the noblest way to live: as a producer who creates value and then gains values from others through voluntary exchange.
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I also was given $2 bills as gifts and my father claimed he would buy a proof set for every year since I was born. My parents bought an old restaurant and they would bring home silver coins and half dollars, etc. There was an old jukebox there from the 50s that sat in the restaurant for a year at least before we cracked it open and found a bunch of change that was sitting in there for a good 30 years. We also found a small handful for wheaties in the basement which were probably there for 75 years or more, a few were dated in the teens and most were in the 20s.
I didn't really get the itch for collecting until I became a clerk and looked through thousands of dollars worth of change. I would bring home wheaties and halfs which I bought out of the drawer. I found an old dominican republic centavo in the drawer and it took me several days to identify it. Originally, I knew very little about coins before I was a clerk. I stumbled upon a few cool sites tring to ID my centavo including this one.
I had so much fun researching coins that I researched the few wheats I had, along with the coins I inherited from my grandfather. I raided my father's collection as well.
After going through his collection, I became upset about how poorly maintained it was. He had 2 morgans and they were raw and had turned completely black. His mercury dimes turned completely black and were covered in crud. The collection was either loose or in sandwich bags.
He had a ton of kennedys which were in bags and in a 2x2 pocket page with some kennedys in there. He actually taped the pocket shut because he didn't understand that you had to 2x2 the coin before you put it in the pocket.
I went on ebay and ordered $100 worth of supplies to organize both of our collections.
To make a long story short, I have become a very serious collector over the past 6 months and it's been a lot of fun.
but others I kept, looked at the years, etc. At some point I noticed (or maybe was told, don't remember) that most German denominations had not been made between the early 1950s and the mid-1960s. Later I learned that they had actually been produced but the years did, and to some extent still do, not reflect the production dates.
Another factor was that my family is partly Dutch and I learned that those things called gulden and cent were money just as "ours". And again I would keep some of them.
Now my father was not interested in coins (as collectibles) at all. But one of my grandfathers was, and I got my very first collector coin, a silver 5 DM piece, from him ...
About two years ago, my interest was re-kindled when I became aware of what a screaming bargain silver was.
35 years later, my hobby is collecting and painting Napoleonic miniatures and I see this coin for $10 and I have to have it.. a piece of history I can touch. At the time I said no way, I'm not a coin collector.
2 years later, with a couple bond dividends under my belt, I'm a collector, and enjoying nickels at my speed
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