The timing may seem unfortunate for such a topic with the pestilence going around, but Coronavirus or not, we will ALL die at some point. We have all devoted a lot of time and money on amassing our collectables, so it is fair to wonder and worry about what will happen to them when we are not around anymore. Some people may adapt the 'I don't care, I am dead' approach, but I doubt that they are many.. I think that most collectors do not regard themselves as owners of their collections. I and many others see us as merely custodians of valuable (artistically and historically) items that should be passed on the next caring and knowledgeable individual or organisation. The most common suggestion is the one that makes me cringe the most. To donate them to a museum... As a member of a few collectors societies, I had the pleasure to interact with museums and have access to their collections in a more privileged manner than your average museum visitor does. I have raised the same issue with curators and the answer I usually get is that donated private collections usually end up in storage. It is also sometimes the case that our collectables will not be maintained properly. We often found that as collectors our specialised knowledge of our pieces exceeds the knowledge and skills of many generically educated museum staff. In most cases the staff are glad to have us around and take our advice, but sometimes we are regarded to be a nuisance and get ignored. Tha's why a museum should be the last place for my pieces.. My only exception would be small quaint village museums that could actually benefit from having my items on display, but only provided that the staff are equipped to display and care for them properly. The other common avenue is for the collection to be sold off in an auction by our families. This is more acceptable as the pieces will end up with collectors, but ideally I would like the collection to stay in the family. The problem for most of us I imagine is that our families do not share our passion... But I made it clear to mine to hold on to the collection for as long as possible, hoping that the younger family members or their children will eventually take an active interest in the collection. What are your thoughts? What would you like to happen to your loved coins or other collectables?