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Kipsley
Joined: 3-Feb-2018
Posts: 152
I've often wondered about this as I tend to look for coins that have a "special look" about them. For me it's all about the toning or how it has those wonderful "woody" stripes on it. Some of my favorite coins are worth nothing really, but they have a wonderful double tone of red to blue, or are toned only around the rim. I have a wonderful collection of uncirculated Australian 1 cent and 2 cent coins and many of them are a deep blue or a bright dazzling red. But then I'm a girl and pretty shiny things attract me.

So what attracts you to a coin? Is it it's worth? It's rarity? Do you go for only XF and above? Is the Luster your thing? Or do they have to made of gold perhaps?

Do tell. I find another's collecting habits always interesting. :P
Collector of Third Reich coins (1933 - 1946), and Australian coins.
Not swapping at this time.
VintageCoin
Joined: 5-Feb-2018
Posts: 127
My top 3 :
1. Low Mintage !
2. Alot of details , specially copper coins..
3. Any silver coin .
CassTaylor
Joined: 30-May-2014
Posts: 6529
For me it's usually the history behind a coin, or where it's from. That's why I buy coins mostly from before 1945; I like to imagine sometimes when going through my collection, where the piece of round metal or the piece of paper in my hand has been in its lifetime.

Maybe my Series of 1928 US note was once in the wallet of Al Capone or some Prohibition era bootlegger? Or maybe my chopmarked Spanish 8 reales travelled the world of the 18th century from Mexico to China? Or maybe my humble little pfennig was once in the pocket of this obscure, impoverished Austrian painter you might have heard of? :O

The other thing about coins I get attracted to is their provenance, where they come from; I am attracted to coins from exotic places like Kiau Chau, Ceylon, Hong Kong, and French Indochina (for no-longer existing countries, pair that with my historical interest). Always interesting to see a coin with German and Chinese on it at the same time.
Une Franglaise; ♪ je brosse ma chevelure ♫
cro321
Joined: 25-Mar-2016
Posts: 282
To me there are two factors, the history behind the coin and the metal of which it's made of. I like large silver coins however history is always more important to me than the metal its self. I'll gladly trade my large silver coins such as Morgan dollars for small medieval Croatian copper coins. :)
Cerulean
Joined: 1-Nov-2010
Posts: 1428
I enjoy holding everyday objects from the past. I feel like a time traveler.

I am also an organizational force of nature. I find sorting and organizing coin to be very relaxing.

A museum would be lucky to have me as a collection manager.
ThePoet
Joined: 13-Dec-2017
Posts: 16
I like the shapes. The triangular coin from Cook Islands is a favourite. The square Malaya coins are neat too. I saw thousands of Qing dynasty coins while in Dali, Yunnan all tied together through the hole in the center. The British East Africa coins with the center hole have elephant tusks around them. I have a square Indian two Annas 1923. I got it in change while travelling there. It is completely beat up but I wonder what kind of life it had. Did Ghandi ever touch it?
Iainmac
Joined: 25-Feb-2018
Posts: 312
Coins can be little works of art on a small disk of metal.
it's all about the artistry for me, no matter what the metal it has to be aesthetically appealing!.
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor, Is king o' men for a' that.
Chech
Joined: 7-Jul-2017
Posts: 156
For me, it is usually either if it has an interesting history like an Edward the 8th coin or is from my ancestry like a Slavic coin.
I love Slavic coins.
just DM me if you would like to trade, I am currently looking for old Russian coins at the moment.
Kipsley
Joined: 3-Feb-2018
Posts: 152
You guys are so awesome, and I do see a commonality here with regards the history behind a coin or the perceived history of that coin. I collect Third Reich coins and I have often imagined if perhaps a German Soldier was given it as a wage, or an SS soldier paid for his cigarettes with it, or even if a poor jewish person was disgusted by the design and threw it into a burned out building. If only the coins could talk.

And I agree that I also like to collect coins from exotic places. I once lived in Hong Kong but was really too young to appreciate it. I was given 1 Hong Kong dollar a week as pocket money and I remember that big old silver coin in my hot little hand. Now I collect pre-change over Hong Kong coins and I have a pretty good collection of them as uncirculated. It is a bit hard to find the Hong Kong dollar coins as uncirculated though but I still like to troll eBay looking. 8)

But gosh. We are a romantic lot here. :P
Collector of Third Reich coins (1933 - 1946), and Australian coins.
Not swapping at this time.
CassTaylor
Joined: 30-May-2014
Posts: 6529
Quote: "Kipsley"​ I was given 1 Hong Kong dollar a week as pocket money and I remember that big old silver coin in my hot little hand.
​But gosh. We are a romantic lot here. :P
​Gotta correct you there as the Hong Kong referee, the Hong Kong 1 dollar coin used between 1960 and 1975 was copper-nickel rather than silver!

Unless you received this big old Victorian coin every week. :love:
Une Franglaise; ♪ je brosse ma chevelure ♫
Kipsley
Joined: 3-Feb-2018
Posts: 152
Cass. I was about 5 years old and in my little hand that big old Hong Kong 1 dollar coin looked huge and was all shiny silver and I felt RICH! :8D

Next you'll be telling me fairies and unicorns don't exist.
Collector of Third Reich coins (1933 - 1946), and Australian coins.
Not swapping at this time.
luca biondi
Joined: 23-Sep-2017
Posts: 202
Really!....:snif:
Monninen1
Joined: 23-Oct-2017
Posts: 902
Coins from my wish list:

Details and letters https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces4801.html
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces42074.html
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces12779.html
Rare countries https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces8348.html
odd features, size, shape
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces102563.html
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces108329.html
Chech
Joined: 7-Jul-2017
Posts: 156
Another thing that attracts me to a coin is personal value.

It may just be a bin to coin one person but it is a good memory to me!
I love Slavic coins.
just DM me if you would like to trade, I am currently looking for old Russian coins at the moment.
CassTaylor
Joined: 30-May-2014
Posts: 6529
Quote: "Kipsley"​Cass. I was about 5 years old and in my little hand that big old Hong Kong 1 dollar coin looked huge and was all shiny silver and I felt RICH! :8D

​Next you'll be telling me fairies and unicorns don't exist.
​Hahaha, now that really would be cruel. X-D
Une Franglaise; ♪ je brosse ma chevelure ♫
esterhazi
Joined: 8-Sep-2015
Posts: 13
Quote: "Kipsley"​I've often wondered about this as I tend to look for coins that have a "special look" about them. For me it's all about the toning or how it has those wonderful "woody" stripes on it. Some of my favorite coins are worth nothing really, but they have a wonderful double tone of red to blue, or are toned only around the rim. I have a wonderful collection of uncirculated Australian 1 cent and 2 cent coins and many of them are a deep blue or a bright dazzling red. But then I'm a girl and pretty shiny things attract me.

​So what attracts you to a coin? Is it it's worth? It's rarity? Do you go for only XF and above? Is the Luster your thing? Or do they have to made of gold perhaps?

​Do tell. I find another's collecting habits always interesting. :P
​Kipsley you like my red coins?
manik100
Joined: 13-Jan-2018
Posts: 92
I like to collect all sorts of coins, but most importantly I like to get my hands on coins from countries that do not exist anymore, or pre WWI coins...the older the better. I am also a history buff, so the history of the coin also fascinates me.

I don't usually go for commemorative coins, unless it's some special event...and I don't consider olympics/winter olympics/peter rabbit/star wars/star trek/etc. as special events for coins. With that said, I would like to know if a coin exists with the image of the 1988 Seoul Olympics tiger...THAT I would like to get because growing up, I always wanted to get that tiger as a plush animal but never got one. All grown up now so a coin of it would be awesome :D

And if anyone has this coin, I would like to trade for something:
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces32563.html
PhilipBe
Joined: 28-Oct-2012
Posts: 51
Around the day in eighty worlds.

I collect coins from the every place and I feel like travelling the world.
Not forgetting the time travel. A lot of the coins are from states that does not exist anymore.
All this without leaving home.
Mitridat1974
Joined: 28-Aug-2016
Posts: 120
1) Fine and elaborate design (for this reason, Ukrainian commemorative coins are my favourite, while I ignore commemorative coins from many other countries of the world).
2) ships
3) crocodiles.
4) emergency coins or semi-legal circulating issues (German Notgeld, Canadian pre-Confederation tokens, etc.)
My (still modest) collection:
https://en.numista.com/echanges/voir_collection.php?id=75443
Kipsley
Joined: 3-Feb-2018
Posts: 152
I never actually thought about it, but I also tend to go for coins that are from places, countries, or political eras that don't exist anymore. I do have a few Soviet Union coins for example, and I like to look at them and think of what it must have been like to live in the Soviet Union during its day.
Collector of Third Reich coins (1933 - 1946), and Australian coins.
Not swapping at this time.
sarikanair
Joined: 30-Nov-2017
Posts: 75
There are many collectors who like to collect coins which have a beautiful toning and lustre. I like collecting coins that have a historical significance.. They need not be rare coins, but the story behind the coin needs to be interesting.. that’s what fascinates me .. cheers!
Sjoelund
Joined: 28-Mar-2012
Posts: 2024
Hi,

I certainly like the next circulating I still don't have......

Ole
Globetrotter
Coin variants in English:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
In French on Cobra's site (not the same)
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/
Mitridat1974
Joined: 28-Aug-2016
Posts: 120
Quote: "sarikanair"​There are many collectors who like to collect coins which have a beautiful toning and lustre. I like collecting coins that have a historical significance.. They need not be rare coins, but the story behind the coin needs to be interesting.. that’s what fascinates me .. cheers!
​There are stories behind many coins. For example, yesterday I purchased a Spitsbergen coin of 100 rubles that has never circulated:
https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces15754.html

It was minted for Russian miners working on that Norwegian archipelago, but it bore the legend "Russian Federation"on it, which outraged Norwegians and they banned its circulation.
That is only half the story, the other half is the reason why Russians minted that coin that turned out to be useless. It was actually a vestige of the socialist system of total state control where it was not enough to have money, the state actually regulated (directly or indirectly) where you spent it. There were "stores for everybody" and a complicated system of "special orders" for people with privileges. People working abroad earned special bonds (instead of regular rubles) to spend them on goods not available to regular customers paying in regular rubles.
While this system started to collapse after the free market economic reforms of 1992, it looks like the administration of the Russian mines on Spitsbergen wanted to keep that wicked system as long as possible (in particular, because it gave them more power over the employees).
My (still modest) collection:
https://en.numista.com/echanges/voir_collection.php?id=75443

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