I started collecting coins in high school, and continued a little in college. So, I actively collected from about 1978-1986. Once I bought my first house in 1990, I retrieved them from my parents attic and put them away, only to be looked at once every 5 years or so. In 2009, I started collecting/hoarding again when I was having some back issues, but for sentimental reasons, I did not mix the two collections.
So, I just went to the basement and brought up 2 boxes that house my boyhood collection. I have to say that it really made me emotional to see them and relive some of those experiences. I decided to take pictures and thought I would share a couple of them.
The currency to the left as well as the loose coins were from my grandparents. Almost everything else was acquired through purchases at the coin shop, or roll hunting. One exception is that my older neighbor used to have me mow his lawn when he was on vacation and he would give me 2 Walker halves for each mowing. I have a special attachment to those coins for that reason.
A friend and I used to buy rolls of no date buffalos and used a chemical to raise the date.
Rosies would have been found by roll hunting and exchanging them from the cash register at the Drug fair where I worked. I would make my paper route collections, head to the bank on Friday and buy rolls of coins, spend the weekend roll hunting, and then return them on Monday.
Silver washingtons and kennedy's could still be found as well. Of course, wheaties were very plentiful. War nickels were a rarity for me.
Definitely the nicest coins I bought. I remember ogling that Bust half for months before I finally bought it. That was a huge purchase.
Once, while I was endlessly spinning through the coin displays, the owner called me back and gave me the 1798 large cent. Its barely recognizable, but I couldn't believe he just gave it to me. Its also cool to see the prices I paid. I inadvertently cropped the price of the Shield nickel
and Barber, but they were $13 and $1.20 respectively.
A sample of some of my spreadsheets from back in the day.
Thanks for reading.