Coin collecting is one of the most interesting hobbies, which can also be very rewarding. From a historical standpoint, it gives you the opportunity to learn about important events that shaped our country as well as why different issues of coins were minted and how the economy impacted the mintages of certain issues.
I started my coin collecting venture in 1961 when I was 9 years old with a handful of type coins given to me by a relative. At that time, Coin World had only been in print for a year and I also had a price guide from the famous numismatist B. Max Mehl out of Texas. As time went on, I started buying the old Whitman blue coin folders and filling them with various types of coins. Those were great days to be able to find many scarce and sometimes rare coins in your pocket change.
But along the way by reading all that I could about numismatics, I gained so much knowledge about history that also helped me in school.
As I got older, I joined coin clubs, went to coin shows and in my twenties started having tables at coin shows as a young dealer. In 1976 a group of dealers and collectors including myself chartered the Oklahoma Numismatic Association (ONA). Today the ONA is still strong and we host a spring and fall show.
It has been a very enjoyable ride for me through the years. I have met many great people in the hobby and made many friends along the way. I would invite anyone to look into coin collecting. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is a great first step in gaining knowledge. There are also so many resources available to learn about what you might want to collect, how to grade, and also the opportunity to profit as well.