A Beginner‘s Guide to Coin Collecting
By Robert Cody Garrett
The old saying goes, ?Money makes the world go
?round.? We use it every day. We can‘t acquire many
necessary item needed in daily life without it. We almost
always want more of it, but for coin collectors, money is
much more than a piece of metal. It‘s a hobby, a learning
experience, and can be a lifelong obsession.
There really are no hard statistics on the amount of
people who collect coins in the world. Some people suggest
that 1 out of every 10,000 people is an active coin collector.
That‘s pretty staggering when you think about the
population of the world.
People have been collecting coins for years. At one
time, it was called the hobby of kings, but today people from
all walks of life and of all ages are maintaining coin
Their reasons are varied. Some like the history behind
coinage. Some do it to amass a collection worthy of handing
down to future generations. Still others are simply
businesspeople buying and selling coins to make a living.
Collecting coins can be somewhat of a treasure hunt for
many. The quest for that one coin to complete their
collection can be an obsession.
Whatever the reason, coin collecting is a very popular
hobby – one that can be pursued by all age groups. There
are actually educational benefits to getting children started
as coin collectors.
The practice of numismatics – that is, the collection and
study of coins, paper money, tokens and medals – offers the
collector many different areas to specialize in. With the
many specializations of coins, there is a wealth of material
out there for coin collectors to concentrate on which makes
it such an interesting and diverse hobby.
In this book, we‘ll explore the phenomenon of coin
collecting and give you ways to get started on your own
collection. There are many, many nuances of the hobby and
it‘s almost impossible to give you all the information you‘ll
need to become a seasoned collector. What we have done is
give you enough to get started in this rather enjoyable