What got u into coin collecting ?

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I got interested into coin collecting in 2011 when I was at a store and found a coloured 25 cent coin special edition. I wanted to collect all the colours but sadly there was only 3.

what are some of the ways that hot u interested ?
I remember I was just bored one day and went through my change jar, and thought it was cool that I found (didn't actually, but that doesn't) some quarters from 1776 (they were actually bicentennial quarters), but it still gave a love for coins.
Before, I just love to fill my tranparent glass bottles/ containers with different kinds of coins (one bottle per type), sort also by appearance /quality as display in the house.

Then now, due to enhanced community quarantine and staying home is required (no one is allowed to go out), I had plenty of time to read a lot and from there I started my coin inventory. I began to sort coins per year, per country etc. and place it in a good storage to maintain its quality.

Coin collecting makes you discover history and makes you travel elsewhere even at the comfort of your homes.
MaiCoins
I have been interested in coins all my life. I started by going through my parents change when I was little. I liked the nickels the best because it was easy to find older ones. I got a album for my nickels and pennies at 12 years old. Later in life I didn't pay much attention to collecting. Then about 6 years ago my sister asked if I wanted to go through some foreign coins with her. I though it would be interesting. Week after week we spent time together going through foreign coins, collecting all countries, and having some great bonding time together. Then about 3 years ago she moved clear across the US to Penn. and left me the coins to continue. I went from a collection of 1100 foreign coins to just over 10,000. I still face time with her. She is collecting foreign notes now. I love finding notes and mailing them to her. By the way, I still have the nickel and penny albums from when I was 12!
William
Quote: "wchansen"​I have been interested in coins all my life. I started by going through my parents change when I was little. I liked the nickels the best because it was easy to find older ones. I got a album for my nickels and pennies at 12 years old. Later in life I didn't pay much attention to collecting. Then about 6 years ago my sister asked if I wanted to go through some foreign coins with her. I though it would be interesting. Week after week we spent time together going through foreign coins, collecting all countries, and having some great bonding time together. Then about 3 years ago she moved clear across the US to Penn. and left me the coins to continue. I went from a collection of 1100 foreign coins to just over 10,000. I still face time with her. She is collecting foreign notes now. I love finding notes and mailing them to her. By the way, I still have the nickel and penny albums from when I was 12!

wow that’s so cool, most collectors start with pocket change. I remember as a few years ago my aunt passed away due to cancer and she left me a huge glass jar filled with coins ( penny’s, nickle,dimes and big dollars) All dates before 1984 and for my whole summer I spent every day taking a hand full and looking at them. It’s the memory’s and family connections which start us
I started buying pure gold and silver sovereign bullion coins about two years ago due to declining interest rates on savings. Wealth preservation has become an unexpected hobby.

I would consider starting a specialist coin collection. But I haven't got a clue what I would collect.
Hoo boy, do I have a story.

I was at school one day and I saw something shiny in the drain. It was copper coloured, and clearly round. That piqued my interest, because there are no copper coloured coins in circulation in HK.

So, Grade 2 me opened up the drain cover, reached in and grabbed the coin. It was a 2010 shield penny.

I wrote about it into the kids section of the local newspaper, and the letter got published. That got my mom excited, who told everyone. Soon, her friends were tumbling head over heels to give me their old coins and whatever was left from their trips abroad. I eventually received a hoard of coins from other countries. I organised them into one of those crappy PVC coin albums I got from the stationary shop. That eventually grew into what I have today.
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Quote: "HongKongCoinCollector"​Hoo boy, do I have a story.

​I was at school one day and I saw something shiny in the drain. It was copper coloured, and clearly round. That piqued my interest, because there are no copper coloured coins in circulation in HK.

​So, Grade 2 me opened up the drain cover, reached in and grabbed the coin. It was a 2010 shield penny.

​I wrote about it into the kids section of the local newspaper, and the letter got published. That got my mom excited, who told everyone. Soon, her friends were tumbling head over heels to give me their old coins and whatever was left from their trips abroad. I eventually received a hoard of coins from other countries. I organised them into one of those crappy PVC coin albums I got from the stationary shop. That eventually grew into what I have today.

that’s awesome, the rush of finding something new is just unimaginable. plus getting coins from relatives and friends is like a treasure hunt each amount

still 70% of my collection is inherited and from peoples little stashes and travels it’s a good feeling.
I started collecting coins around twelve yrs ago when I was about eight. My Dad was in the US Navy (and at this time, we were stationed in Japan) and he had traveled to several different countries and never traded the currency in. So, Mom was going through their safe one day and I saw all these different coins and banknotes from Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Australia, Spain and several other countries. I would store them in tackle box bins with labels on the container until I came back to the US and realized the proper way to store them. I remember going to coin shows and being the youngest person there, and all the collectors encouraging me and glad to see young people still enjoying collecting coins. Flash forward 10 yrs and I ran across the amazing site and started trading with some awesome swappers. • It's become a passion and honestly a great way to relax.
My story goes like this:

I was in standard 4. It was 2010. I accidentally chanced upon a few copper coins, in my home. They were a few India- British Quarter Anna coins of some King Edward (or so, I remember). I always was a curious kid. So, this un-natural find, naturally did arouse my curiosity. I embarked on a mission to find out more about them. But my source was limited to asking my parents. They (then) did a good job of explaing things to me, which got me interested into coin collecting. The 8 year old me embarked on a mission to find more stuff, which we generally don't see in circulation. By the time I was in standard 5 (2011), I had a collection of about 12-13 coins, all from India & India- British. I neatly pasted them on a scrapbook, and labelled them nicely with the information I had about them then. And to this date, I still remember that the last time I saw them was when I took them to my school, to show my friends. Now whether, some one stole (it sadly is possible) it then, or I misplaced it, is a mystery to me. What is not a mystery is that, the missing scrapbook was quite a blow to my class 5 self, and I stopped collecting coins, and lost all interest in them from then on...

... or so I thought. Untill this happened. It was 2014. I was in the marriage of a close relative of mine. It was there that I received a UK 50 pence coin (this one), as a curoisity, from another relative of mine who lived in the UK. It did a great job really at arousing my curiosity. It was then that I discovered Numista. The discovery of Numista as a resource, and the coin acted as catalysts in activating the sleeping interest for coins in me. So much so, that it became the first coin for my new collection. Since then, I've tried and suceeded to an extent in building up a small collection of mine. It really was difficult, given that no-one takes your hobby and interests seriously (a grave problem in India)- so much so that I even faced discouragement from my own parents regarding numismatics, which sadly continue to this date (which is a little strange, because they give me coins they think are a little different, and at times contribute to my collection.. uff... my parent are strange).

I hope this interest of mine continues to grow.

PS- for those who think of how numista worked as a catalyst, there were months, and even years like 2017 when I couldn't get any new addition to my collection. It was Numista then that always rekindled my interest in coins, whenever I felt off about the field.
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A simple story .... after retirement I was looking for a hobby . My wife suggested I look at coins my Dad left me , which were buried in the loft. I did that and never looked back . She regrets it now , of course, as a large part of my pension has been spent on improving my collection.

With the Olympic 50ps , I have encouraged my grandsons to share my interest ..so hopefully the family tradition can continue. I agree with the contributor who said it’s not a neutral hobby because learning about both history and geography is an integral part of the hobby.

I am sure during lockdown , us collectors have been to rely on our hobby to help pass the time.

happy collecting

charles
Quote: "iknw07554"​A simple story .... after retirement I was looking for a hobby . My wife suggested I look at coins my Dad left me , which were buried in the loft. I did that and never looked back . She regrets it now , of course, as a large part of my pension has been spent on improving my collection.

​With the Olympic 50ps , I have encouraged my grandsons to share my interest ..so hopefully the family tradition can continue. I agree with the contributor who said it’s not a neutral hobby because learning about both history and geography is an integral part of the hobby.

​I am sure during lockdown , us collectors have been to rely on our hobby to help pass the time.

​happy collecting

​charles
​To pass the time so you just look over your collection or learn more about the coins or what. (Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question)
Not at all .....

I’m a bit guilty if I’m honest of buying coins then putting them away without looking at them too closely . I have some lovely aeroplane coins with very fine detail. I have a magnifying glass 🔍 and should look at them closely.

Also there always the job of sorting out coins into type and country .

And lastly , sort out coins to swap and sell.

Charles
"​To pass the time so you just look over your collection or learn more about the coins or what?" -Joe's Coins

I pass the time online (checking this & other sites out, reading/contributing to forums, researching other databases, communicating with other collectors, etc.) plus contributing to my own site. I find it consumes way more time since the pandemic (as others have more free time) & I've been enjoying the educational aspects (like "iknw07554 " suggested). It's very relaxing & I don't feel compelled to buy (nor drool over my collection 8)). I get a kick out of everyone's very different take on the hobby they enjoy. B.

What got me into it? My older bro inherited all the coins so I chose to collect banknotes.
https://sites.google.com/view/notaphilycculture/collecting-banknotes
Quote: "Serial_Number_8"​"​To pass the time so you just look over your collection or learn more about the coins or what?" -Joe's Coins

​I pass the time online (checking this & other sites out, reading/contributing to forums, researching other databases, communicating with other collectors, etc.) plus contributing to my own site. I find it consumes way more time since the pandemic (as others have more free time) & I've been enjoying the educational aspects (like "iknw07554 " suggested). It's very relaxing & I don't feel compelled to buy (nor drool over my collection 8)). I get a kick out of everyone's very different take on the hobby they enjoy. B.

​What got me into it? My older bro inherited all the coins so I chose to collect banknotes.

its like that in my family no one collected coins and never talked about it then one day I started looking through my pocket change and found some cool stuff and decided to collect them with out any knowledge there was a hobby called coin collecting.

its like when I started it people where like....

oh you like coins I have something for u..... here's my little collection with some silver dimes and dollars that I don't know what to do with them....

*( me being speechless and drooling over the sweet sweet silver)
"its like when I started it people where like....
oh you like coins I have something for u..... here's my little collection with some silver dimes and dollars that I don't know what to do with them
...." -Legowwww

- sounds like you're surrounded by very supportive family/friends!

-"Back in the day" I had a paper route so a lot of change passed through my hands. I remember wanting to collect whatever silver I could get my hands on, but rarely saw much by 1973 (after 5 years of CDNs hoarding it). I must have found one or two (or I would never have started). My grandpa gave my older brother a tobacco can filled with silver/coppers & our mom gave him an AU gold sovereign from our grandmother. His coin collection just made my few quarters seem so paltry. I remember drooling over his half/silver dollars. There was no competition- his collection dwarfed mine & he started filling out those folders for nickels, dimes and quarters. So when I started working my first P/T job I traded my few coins for a few of his 1954 Fives & started stashing some banknotes away always hoping to score the infamous "Devil's Face."
https://sites.google.com/view/notaphilycculture/collecting-banknotes
Quote: "Serial_Number_8"​"its like when I started it people where like....
​oh you like coins I have something for u..... here's my little collection with some silver dimes and dollars that I don't know what to do with them
...." -Legowwww

​- sounds like you're surrounded by very supportive family/friends!

​-"Back in the day" I had a paper route so a lot of change passed through my hands. I remember wanting to collect whatever silver I could get my hands on, but rarely saw much by 1973 (after 5 years of CDNs hoarding it). I must have found one or two (or I would never have started). My grandpa gave my older brother a tobacco can filled with silver/coppers & our mom gave him an AU gold sovereign from our grandmother. His coin collection just made my few quarters seem so paltry. I remember drooling over his half/silver dollars. There was no competition- his collection dwarfed mine & he started filling out those folders for nickels, dimes and quarters. So when I started working my first P/T job I traded my few coins for a few of his 1954 Fives & started stashing some banknotes away always hoping to score the infamous "Devil's Face."
they where really supporting for me and I thank them so much. I was interested in other hobby’s but coins was my first love and if you never out grow it. The best part of coin collecting is that if for what ever reason you want to stop ( who would ever stop ) you can spend your coins because it money.​
Since I was very young about kindergarten I've had an interest in coins. My dad had always collected coins, mainly from circulation since he has a kid. However, he had to restart his collection after getting robbed when young. So on and off he collected coins. However, I remember around the second grade he gave me an 1900O Morgan dollar. This was my first real coin that I was proud of and I still have it in my possession.

Also when I was in elementary school, there was this old man named Johnny that would set up a table selling coins in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. My first major purchase that I can remember was buying an 1898 Barber quarter for 4 or 6 dollars. Around this time I would also go to banks and get straps of singles to check for old bills. While there have been periods of me falling out of the hobby and not collecting my collection remains growing overall.

I also have memories of different relatives giving me coins as a young kid, since many weren't collectors and had just saved. My grandparents also had businesses in the 1960s-1980s and saved silver certificates which caused me to be interested in banknotes. Most are common but the emotional meaning that they have makes them irreplaceable. One of these is a Ike dollar that belonged to my great grandma that I never met. For me its keeping the memory of my relatives alive though my collection.
A family friend found an old whiskey bottle full of coins and gave it to me. Over 100 decimal halfpennies, about 20 sixpences (one 50% silver George V and one George VI cupronickel, rest Elizabeth II), three pennies (one Edward VII, two George Vs) and if I remember correctly six halfpennies (three George VI, three Elizabeth II). There were some foreign coins as well (one franc from Monaco, twenty centimes from France and one pfennig from West Germany). I was going to sell them all but soon I grew attached to them and collected most of them (I put the spare sixpences in with my other sixpences for sale though). Most of my coins from that bottle are spares now since I’ve bought coins in much better condition to upgrade my albums but the silver sixpence and Monegasque franc have held strong and are still in my album. I was eleven at the time, and as I grew to love coin collecting more and more I spent all my pocket money on coins. I didn’t regret it. My collection is still small but I hope to turn much of the money I get from selling spare coins back into coins for my collection.
Quote: "GoldenGarfield"​A family friend found an old whiskey bottle full of coins and gave it to me. Over 100 decimal halfpennies, about 20 sixpences (one 50% silver George V and one George VI cupronickel, rest Elizabeth II), three pennies (one Edward VII, two George Vs) and if I remember correctly six halfpennies (three George VI, three Elizabeth II). There were some foreign coins as well (one franc from Monaco, twenty centimes from France and one pfennig from West Germany). I was going to sell them all but soon I grew attached to them and collected most of them (I put the spare sixpences in with my other sixpences for sale though). Most of my coins from that bottle are spares now since I’ve bought coins in much better condition to upgrade my albums but the silver sixpence and Monegasque franc have held strong and are still in my album. I was eleven at the time, and as I grew to love coin collecting more and more I spent all my pocket money on coins. I didn’t regret it. My collection is still small but I hope to turn much of the money I get from selling spare coins back into coins for my collection.
​"and as I grew to love coin collecting more and more I spent all my pocket money on coins. I didn’t regret it. My collection is still small but I hope to turn much of the money I get from selling spare coins back into coins for my collection." That's pretty much me right now. (I wouldn't say my collection is small though).
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