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How it started!

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ChrisInJesup

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Many many moons ago...... ok..... let me try something different....

It was a dark and stormy night....... NAW.... that doesn't work......

OK..... this just out of Brooklyn..... nope..... that's not me.....

My parents kind of started me into coin collecting.... yea I know LOL

MY parents were the typical "Nuclear Family" raised parents. They didn't want me to be smothered and wanted to make me understand what money was all about. They did in a way that I didn't know I would be collecting.

They would give me "new minted" coins on my birthday..... rolls mostly..... but like any other kid.... I spent them...... but I would keep one to remind me what my Parents wanted me to do you could say. Some coins I still have today.... never been touched.  Half dollars and Eisenhower Dollars were the thing..... My Benny and Kennedy 1/2 dollars, a 1921 Morgan and Bicentennial Eisenhower were part of my collection.

It wouldn't be till I'm 35 years old to see the light. Coins I was growing up with were becoming scarce and worth more than they were...... to collectors of course. 

Over the years (especially the last 5) I've built up a collection of raw coins that I started sending them in to be rated at NGC in 2019.  Latest batch were mostly of British Virgin Island $1 coins with a Rwanda gold coin. The next batch should finish the BVI set and be full of Kennedy effigy coins from around the world.

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I am now in in my mid forties. I started my journey into coins in my later thirties, and it was a renewal of something from childhood. So I can relate to your story. It's nice that you have those pieces from your original rolls. 

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 I started a bit later than you both, also a renewal of a childhood hobby.  It's never too late to re-discover a wonderful passion.

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Sometimes that passion can get a little out of hand LOL.

Already looking for a new safe as the 2 I have can't fit all the coins I have. Surprising how much can accumulate in a couple years. LOL

 

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I always like hearing stories about how people get into coin collecting; and usually it is about how they get BACK into it after stopping in their 2nd decade of life for a long time

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8 hours ago, deposito said:

I always like hearing stories about how people get into coin collecting; and usually it is about how they get BACK into it after stopping in their 2nd decade of life for a long time

What really kicked me going was when my wife passed away. As I was going through her personal items, I found in the closet a box that would be full of coins.... circulated and some proofs. 3 things that caught my eye was her American Silver Eagles, Morgans and Peace dollars. She had quite a few raw coins. I smiled for that moment realizing I didn't know she liked collecting coins. Then I saw she put the coins she got in Jamaica in there as well..... closer examinination there were turkish coins and german coins.... places she had been. Then it dawned on me that told me those coins where her collection of memories. Made me appreciate my collection.

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