Having Fun with Coins

Having Fun with Coins

By Francis Prind

One hobby that has been celebrated and participated in at all levels in nearly every region of the world is coin collecting. People have been collecting, sorting, organizing, and displaying coins from around the world for just about as long as coins have been minted (and coins have been minted for quite a long time, even before the Roman Empire!)

Anyone can start a coin collection ~ it's easy and fun to start collecting on your own. You can begin simply, with just the coins in your pocket. And from there, your hobby will grow into a lifelong hobby with a little, diligence, perseverance, discipline and patience. Coin collecting is both educational and informative.

Coin collecting combines the thrill of hunting down unique coins with the excitement of finding rarity. It's a hobby that can be quite satisfactory and educational. Imagine your excitement if you successful track down the rare 1937- D Buffalo Head Nickel!

The history of specific coins can be a rich and colorful one, as cultures often immortalize their heroes and historic moments in the form of minted currency. Surely, some of the most critical events and characters in the history of the United States of America have been permanently honored in the form of coins from various parts of that country's history.

Many American coins commemorate the heroes, heroines and events. Look no further than the Susan B. Anthony dollar, designed to acknowledge the work of the Women's Sufferage movement in the Unites States. And of course, many coins honor presidents, such as the John F. Kennedy half dollar which honors America's "Most Beloved President".

The Internet has been an amazing boon to coin collectors all over the world. They are able to find up-to-the- minute information that relates to the rarity, value and overall conditions of coins of all shapes and sizes. There are sites, message boards and chat rooms devoted to coin collecting enthusiasts. You can find tops on collecting as well as suggestions for buying, selling and trading coins and coin collections.

Coin collection is an age old hobby and has become a tradition over the years. Many people pass it from one generation to another, a custom as American as the apple pie. As a collection grows old so does its value and rarity. Moreover it is a hobby which can be enjoyed by all young and old. Many parents can participate with their children and bond better with them.

If you find the idea of coin collecting interesting, the Internet can be a great place to educate yourself. Merely type in the phrase "collecting coins" into your favorite search engine and you will find hundreds of sites devoted to this fascinating hobby. You can peruse these sites and do research as you'd like, whenever you have a little time available.

Once you have got a taste of this hobby guess where you can find help. The Bank! Where else? A lot of banks offer coin collecting books and guides. Be prepared to be amazed at how famous this hobby actually is till now.

All rights reserved. Copyright 2005 Francis Prind

About the Author:

Francis Prind is the chief editor for FP Coins, the web's premier resource for information about coins. For questions or comments about this article visit www.fpcoins.com/articles

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