Which areas of numismatics interest you?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by sakata, Dec 5, 2017.


What types of numismatics items interest you?

  1. Tokens

    18 vote(s)
  2. Medals

    20 vote(s)
  3. Other Exonumia

    17 vote(s)
  4. Ancients

    19 vote(s)
  5. Medieval Coinage

    15 vote(s)
  6. Modern paper money (post WWII)

    10 vote(s)
  7. Olderpaper money

    11 vote(s)
  8. Coinage of your home country

    35 vote(s)
  9. World coinage

    28 vote(s)
  10. Precious metals coins only.

    3 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    Numismatics covers many different areas. I doubt there are many people who collect in all areas. I, for instance, have no interest in exonumia of any kind and don't collect currency or ancients, even though I will read about each.

    So what are your interests? Please check any box if you think you would consider purchasing any item in the category indicated even if it is not your primary interest. You may select as many items as you wish.
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  3. Youngcoin

    Youngcoin Everything Collector

    So interested in, or have? But great idea for a thread!

  4. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Moderns, and medals (along with commemorative issues) charm me, but beyond that, not much else. I must confess that I do subscribe to ancients, but more for 'history', rather than collecting.
  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    I like most of them to some extent.. but you left out my favorite of all...
    MINT ERRORS! :wideyed:
  6. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    I know. But there is a limit of 10 choices. I stuck with the mainstream stuff.
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  7. Numismat

    Numismat World coin enthusiast

    @sakata I think we have somewhat similar collecting interests. My main area is world coins from 18th century to 1950's primarily, but not exclusively, made of silver.
    My secondary area is collecting and studying contemporary circulating counterfeits of the above.
  8. old49er

    old49er Well-Known Member

    Interesting Poll. I checked all of the choices you posted, except precious metals only. I collect those also but not exclusivly. I collect all types of numismatics and related items. Even letter openers, post cards and such from World Expositions to go with my Exposition medals and coins.
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    I voted "yes" to all but the two paper money categories (I don't collect paper money, but could perhaps one day be tempted by some older types, especially US fractional currency and German Weimar-era notgeld.)

    The only other poll option I didn't vote for was "precious metal coins only" since I'm not so exclusive. I prefer precious metal coins, but don't rule out appealing base metal coins.
  10. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    Top 3 for me
  11. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector

    For me it is primarily "home country". Except that the euro area is more than a country, so ... when it comes to acquisitions, I focus on euro circulation coins and commemorative €2 pieces. But as for what I find interesting - lots of stuff, primarily modern coins from Europe and North America. :)

  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    I guess I'm the opposite of a lot of people. I respect my home country's coins, and do enjoy them, but here in the USA our coins just don't go so far back in history as those of other countries and civilizations. And part of the appeal for me is learning the history, geography, stories, and romance of other lands, which is what makes me a primarily World coin collector. (I do like US coins, too, though, and the USA is a part of the wider world, of course.) I like to travel by collecting, through both time and space.

    Also, US coins being more in demand by our larger population of collectors, they tend to be much more expensive in relative terms. I've found World, Ancient, and Medieval coins to be a much better value.

    Coins have also taught me 90+ percent of what I know about geography, history, geopolitics, mythology, and other subjects like the Arts and culture. That little bit of knowledge that got drummed into me in school when I was half-asleep in some classroom while an equally-bored teacher droned on just didn't sink in as well.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
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  13. Numismat

    Numismat World coin enthusiast

    I'm on the same page as LordM. I like US coins and occasionally pick some up, but the better ones are just too pricey and there are way too many sharks in the water, as well as "doctors" in the "clinic".
  14. Stork

    Stork I deliver Supporter

    Egads, if the only criteria is 'consider purchasing', well, I can say yes to them all--even though some are strictly limited and unlikely to expand. In fact, I HAVE purchased or acquired them all.

    The only caveat (and I edited my response to remove the vote) was 'precious metals only'. PMs are just another category for me vs. an 'only'. And, though I love gold and silver coins, some of my coins are mere clay, so can't even say I limit the collection to metal let alone 'precious' ones.

    And, I've even added errors to the mix lately...
  15. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    My choices were 5, 8, and 9. But I think you left a few areas out - the history of the coins, and the actual minting processes throughout history. And - grading and the history of grading, and the care and proper storage of the coins, and the proper cleaning of coins. All of which have a huge impact on everything else in your list.

    So huge that probably more questions and discussions have centered on those things than just about anything else.
  16. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    But as you know, polls are limited to 10 options. Increase it to 20 and I will add those.
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  17. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Details, details ......... :D
  18. SuperDave

    SuperDave Free the Cartwheels!

    I answered "coinage of my home country" because it's my first and greatest love. I am currently concentrating almost exclusively on a specific issue from another country. Welcome to my life. Anyone who can hold to a single specialty in numismatics is a better person than I. :)
  19. cwart

    cwart Senior Member

    My main interests are US coins (modern and classic), World Coins (mainly English Victorian coins right now), and I enjoy learning about Ancients and Medievals although I don't have any at this point.
  20. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes?

    On a site where most of the collectors are based in the US, I'm really not surprised that the majority of responses are "home country." US collectors (usually) vastly prefer US coins to foreign.

    That being said, foreign coins have been gaining ground based on their artistry, rarity, heritage, value, and increasing visibility.

    I think I'm most surprised that your poll currently has "medals" above "ancients." Medals, tokens, and exonumia always seemed to me to be the backwater, one-stop-light sleepy town that old geezers in rocking chairs talked about while smoking a pipe.
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