June 26th, 2009

Make It Meaningful

Make It Meaningful

I’ve already admitted that I am more of a coin accumulator. I have some Italian lire and Spanish pesetas from a monthlong European trip. I have a few pesos from a trip to Puerto Vallarta and I recently found some arcade tokens, probably from a first (or last) date during my freshman year of high school.

Those coins and tokens are worthless now, but they’re valuable to me. If I really thought about it, I could remember which arcade, the games we played, who I was with, the evening’s cost, etc. And between working two jobs and raising a toddler, I could even document everything and save it for the sake of nostalgia.

Chances are you have similar pieces in your collection. And chances are, you’re looking to reignite your passion for coin collecting. Maybe you’re even trying to find a way to share it with a new generation of collectors.

A few things led me to write this post, so bear with me. There is a point.

First, I am always trying to find ways for COINage magazine to promote the hobby to a broader demographic.

Second, I wrote a story for an upcoming issue about topical collecting. Collecting by topic or theme is a great way to combine two or more interests. Animals, Indians, automobiles—they’ve all appeared on coins and can be collected as such.

Lastly, I confess: I read a post on another blog. The host at http://coinsblog.blogspot.com/ recently wrote about his experience at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Currency Show. There he spoke with ANA Vice President Patti Finner about rediscovering the hobby. You can read his entire story at the above link.

Finner’s idea is to create a personal album of coins, sort of a numismatic scrapbook. Document everything you can about your coins, then organize the information along with your collection in any manner you choose.

Many collectors enter the hobby as kids. Careers, families or finances force many to leave it for a while, then return after things are more settled. Creating a personal album is an affordable, fun way to get involved again. It’s an opportunity to document your family’s history.

And if you have kids, it’s something you can do together. Personal experience has taught me that children love to do two things: imitate adults and have fun. If they see you doing something you enjoy, they’ll enjoy it, too. You might even “craft” a lifelong collector.

Young numismatists