By Gerry T
For many of us hobbies are an interesting and pleasurable way to spend some of our spare time. And often what starts out as something that we have a minor interest in, can quickly turn into something that begins to take up a much larger part of our life both in terms of the time and money we spend on it.
One such hobby that can quickly take over a large proportion of the enthusiasts life is coin collecting.
A major difference between many collecting hobbies and coin collecting is that with coin collecting the collectables can be worth very large amounts of money. It is at this point that the collector is no longer just a “hobbiest”, but is as much an investor, with decisions about what coins to buy and sell largely being made by how much money can be made on a sale or saved on a purchase.
Coin collecting historically, was done as a way to preserve and hopefully increase wealth. Coins where accumulated and saved in the hope that their value would appreciate. In times past coins were of such value that only royalty had sufficient wealth that would enable them to “collect” coins.
These day’s anyone can collect coins. Many start as young children who are given a few coins by a relative, and from these humble beginnings an interest grows which may some day become a very real money making proposition.
With the arrival of the internet, many collectors are now looking at their collections as having some significant monetary value. Online auctions such as Ebay have many auctions for coins from all over the world running every day, with many of these auctions giving sellers a very good return for their coins.
A significant part of the popularity of coin collecting is it’s accessibility. Anyone can start a collection. The change from the supermarket could be the first coins in your collection. In the early stages most coin enthusiasts put any coins they come across in their collection. With experience and time spent actually studying coins, most collectors become a bit more discerning.
Many collectors begin to specialise in coins made of a certain metal such as copper coins, bronze coins, silver coins etc. Some prefer coins of a particular age or time or location.
Usually by this point, the collector is becoming more serious and is considering the value of their coins much more, as well as being happy to spend more on a coin that they feel will enhance their collection or simply make a good return on their purchase cost at some point in the future.
If you are thinking of starting a coin collection it may be useful to determine what you are looking to get out of being a collector. If you are looking for a pleasurable past time without much concern for what your collection is worth or may be worth some time in the future, coin collecting will give you a lot of pleasure with minimal expense.
If on the other hand you are looking at coin collecting as an investment and possible income stream, start hitting the books and spending some time investigating auctions and the marketplace to see what is in demand. Start with money you can afford to invest and buy in small quantity. As your experience and knowledge grows so should your bank balance.
Interested in collecting coins, stamps, banknotes anything at all? Come and visit Gerry’s Coins And Collectables where you will find a select range of coins, stamps, banknotes and real time auctions.
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