This past Thursday, I wrote a blog post titled, “‘Hobby Of Kings’ Or ‘King’ of All Hobbies.” It was my first post about coin collecting. Since then, I have learned quite a bit of information about coin collecting, such as Proof Sets, current mints, previous mints, and more.
The book, Coin Collecting for Beginners 2023: The New Updated Guide to Easily Start Your Coin Collection and Learn How to Identify, Value, Preserve and Profit From Your Hobby, by Lincoln Ford is helping me identify what questions I need to ask and start researching those questions. In my research, I found out there were numerous mints that had opened due to the gold rush and has since then closed. I also found out that the one letter on the right side of the coin identifies which mint made it. I am sure this is basic information for some; however I find it fascinating. When I read information about dates, such as 1792 and 1982, my mind began to create a timeline of events and all that has taken place before, during, and after these mints were established. I think about Independence Day (U.S.), Emancipation Proclamation, World War I, The Harlem Renaissance, The Negritude Movement, Plessy vs Ferguson, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, March of Dimes eradicating Polio, World War II, Board of Education vs. Topeka Kansas, Roe vs. Wade, Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disability Act, Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and much more.
My research led me to Proof Sets, which seem like a must have for a coin collector. If not all sets, maybe just one or two. Feel free to check them out for yourself. Let me know what you think or if you have experience in this already.
Feel free to check out my initial article below.