Friday, August 20, 2010
The old saying goes, "Money makes the world go round." We use it every day. We can't acquired many necessary item in deed in daily life without it. We almost always want more of it, but for coin collectors, money is much 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 every 10,000 people is an active coin collectors. 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 collections.
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 collections.
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.