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Hello, I'm Mike And I'm A Recovering Fallen-numismatist

 
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 Posted 11/28/2017  5:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add mp0510 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I just found this forum.

My name is Michael, but I go by Mike. I used to collect coins back when I was 10-13 years old. That was back in 1978-81.

My father was Air Force and we got stationed at San Vito AFB in Italy. When you're old enough to go pretty much anywhere, but you're not old enough to drive (plus there's a guarded gate so you can't just stroll on out without you're parents!)

So, you kinda check out anything that looks interesting. As part of Boy Scouts, I did the coin collecting merit badge and that lead me to the adult coin collector club on the base. They would meet every 2 weeks, and had trade/auctions and talked about the history of various coins, designs, etc. Obviously I was on a much lower budget than the rest of the club, but I would save and buy the ones I liked that were in my price range. That's where I got a 1943 steel penny I still have.

Of course, I didn't exactly treat it well. Not bad, just not correct. I put it (and the rest of the wheat pennies I had) in a plastic penny tube I ordered. When we got back to the states, I was in 8th grade and the coins got put in the back of a drawer and left while I pursued other interests (girls, cars, video games!). When I moved out after high school, I left them with my dad and basically forgot about them until this year.

My father passed away earlier this year, and I helped my mother sort though all his stuff looking for the various important papers and such. He had health problems, so he had set up in a medically adjustable bed, with oxygen, and other stuff, in my old room. So there was a lot of stuff that had collected. going through this, I found the coins, as well as some he had kept from various travels.

That got me into thinking about coins and possibly collecting again. At a very modest level. I'm split about 50/50 on collectible coins and straight bullion, as far as what I want to collect or invest in. Right now, I'm splitting the difference by buying modern silver coins with limited production runs, when they first come out, while the price is close to the spot or original mint price. I'm also buying a few MS-69 and MS-70 certified ones as well.

I have forgotten most (if not all) of what I had learned, so I'll be re-educating myself. Which means I'll probably be asking a ton of stupid questions. Just pat me on the head, answer in small words, and send me on my way. I'll eventually get to being fluent once again. (Although I'm not 100% sure I was ever actually "fluent" since I was 12 at the time.)

Thanks for having a great forum like this!
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 Posted 11/28/2017  6:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add aristarchus123 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome back, Mike! Your story sounds a bit like mine (Boy Scouts, falling away from coins for a couple decades). You'll find a great group here.
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Ask away!



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 Posted 11/28/2017  6:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the forum!

Many of us are "re-collectors", after leaving coin collecting for other pursuits and responsibilities and rekindling an interest again. Set your plan, what you want to collect, but be flexible. You may want to shift or tweek directions a bit. Here's the place to learn and share, have fun!

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 Posted 11/28/2017  6:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Buddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. We are blessed with a lot of experts (not me) who are great teachers and we all learn from each other's questions.
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 Posted 11/28/2017  7:06 pm  Show Profile   Check Fuzzy317's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the addiction/hobby.
<---- expert of nothing, student of everything. My Coin Galleries
Here is: My Want List.... to work on my: Birth Year Set

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 Posted 11/28/2017  7:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thecoinguy1964 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's a whole different ballgame, than it was 40 years back, for better or worse, take your pick.
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 Posted 11/28/2017  7:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF Mike! I took an extended sabbatical from collecting coins as well. It seems life and raising children becomes a bit of a distraction for many of us.
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 Posted 11/28/2017  7:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mac1971 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome mike !
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 Posted 11/28/2017  7:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thecoinguy1964 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Dave700x, I tried sending you a email, but it kicked back? Can you shoot me a PM or email, nothing Earth shattering, just personal.
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 Posted 11/28/2017  8:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add OttawaVoyageur to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great story. Welcome to CCF

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Not sure what happened, I received an email from another member last night. PM sent
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to the CCF!
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 Posted 11/28/2017  9:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hey, Mike. I'm yet another old school collector who has recently come back into the fold. This site will help answer your questions and, probably, spend more on the hobby than you initially planned! Glad you're here!

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