How to Start Collecting Coins

Charlotte Miller

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If you are considering collecting coins, then you aren’t alone! For as long as coins have been in existence, they have been collected. While originally they were hoarded for their bullion value, today there is a wide range of reasons why people start collecting coins.

For some, it is about owning a piece of history. Others see coins as a work of art. Some enjoy the pursuit of rare coins, while for many it’s simply a fun and relaxing hobby. Whatever reason you have for collecting coins, it is always an enjoyable and rewarding exercise.

If you are considering starting a coin collection, this article is for you. In this blog post, we’ll give you some useful advice as you start collecting coins.

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Collect What Interests You

Before you start out, ask yourself what coins are you interested in collecting? Do you wish to start a Lincoln Cent collection, for instance? Or maybe your ancestors were French or Italian and you would like to collect rare coins from these countries.

This is the key to coin collecting — collect coins that you are interested in or have a ‘connection’ to. If you are interested in Navy tradition, for example, you could start collecting Navy challenge coins.

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Start Small & Take Your Time

Every coin collection must start somewhere. Your collection will take time to build, and it may look very humble for a while. But, remember, coin collecting is as much about the journey as it is about the destination.

Each and every new coin you get for your collection should be a moment to savor and even celebrate. Over time, enjoy watching your collection slowly grow. Perhaps one day, your collection will even include a Flowing Hair Silver Dollar.

Learn How to Handle Your Coins

It is crucial that you learn how to properly handle and store your coins. While they may look tough, the surface of a coin is delicate and requires proper care at all times. Take time to research the proper handling and storage methods for your coins.

For example, only handle your coins while wearing cotton gloves. Also, invest in a proper coin collecting holder that will give you peace of mind that your coins are being properly and safely stored.

Do Your Research

As we have mentioned, the journey is more important than the destination when it comes to collecting coins. There are some wonderful books on coin collecting that you can read for both educational purposes and pure enjoyment. The Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins is one example of a must-read book on coin collecting.

Start Collecting Coins Today!

Collecting coins can be a fun, educational, and life-long pursuit. There is no end to the number of coins that can be collected. Of course, there is always the potential of earning a fortune through coin collecting, but for most people, it is simply a fun and relaxing pastime. Start collecting coins today and you will never look back.

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