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Coin Collecting Hobby : Great Fun For The Whole Family

Aug 17, 2007
Isn't it funny that when we are kids we tend to enjoy collecting as a hobby but most of us do not continue this through adult life? I know as a child I enjoyed a stamp and coin collecting hobby along with swap cards and teddy bears. I gave my stamp collection away when I got older and I sold most of my coins as well. I honestly cannot remember what happened to the swap cards or all the teddy bears.

For a lot of people, their stamp or coin collecting hobby has continued into adulthood or perhaps they picked it up later in life as many do. But never the less there are lots and lots of avid collectors out there. A coin collecting hobby for example can mean to the collector many things. Some like to have this type of hobby because they love history and get great pleasure out of learning more from years gone by.

Then there are those who like to only purchase very rare and expensive coins for an investment purpose. Many people love to purchase brand new coins straight from the mint while others collect foreign coins only. The great thing about a coin collecting hobby is that there are no rules and everyone can collect whatever they wish.

If you are a serious collector then there are groups and associations such as the American Numismatic Association that you can belong to if that is what you like. These can be great for all you numismatists as you can have the opportunity to swap coins with other enthusiasts like yourself. They organize The World's Fair Of Money every year where you can learn more about this interesting hobby.

If you think you have a valuable coin in your midst then this group will also be able to help you with having your coin appraised. Even for the novice it is good to have appraisals done on coins that you may have because you never know if you are sitting on a real hidden treasure or not. Something that may look cheap maybe worth a lot and something that looks expensive and old may not be worth much at all. That is why it is a good idea to get them valued.

Whatever your reasons are for a coin collecting hobby you still should keep your collection in good order by displaying them in a protective folder or case. This way you can look at them at any time safely and easily without damaging them. Leave them in a locked glass cabinet if you wish to have them on display all the time.

Having a collection such as this is also a good way to teach the family some history. Especially children. It is also one of the easiest hobbies to start your child off with. Stamps are another great one to do. You don't even have to buy them to start off with. You can collect them off letters from grandma or a friend and before you know it you are hooked. These, just like the coins can also be a history lesson. I remember as a child I ended up with stamps and coins from all over the world because my grandfather was in the ww1 and brought lots back with him and of course stamps on his letters.
About the Author
Susan Dean is a successful webmaster and publisher of
http://www.coincollecting-guide.info
She provides lots of handy hints and advice on
coin collecting at her web site.
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