I just discovered that I apparently never formally introduced myself to the forum!
Over the years, I have collected, to varying degrees, stamps, ephemera, postcards, paper advertising, local history, New England railroad items, diecast model cars, plastic car model kits, N-scale model railroad items, local rocks/minerals, etc. All on a very small budget!
Oh, and I am female........ which REALLY makes me an oddball at hobby shows!
As far as this forum, I am a refugee from the sister (brother?) stamp forum (aka SCF). One day I clicked the linky over there and started browsing around. Looked at the paper money, stocks and checks threads mostly.
Years later, I started having coin questions and discovered that coins aren't all THAT bad...
I started digging up various coins around the house I had saved over the years and put them in one place. To my surprise, a couple were actually WORTH saving, though not worth much at all. Then I ordered my first US Silver Eagle, and folks here helped with questions regarding bullion vs. those snazzy proofs sold my the Mint.
So I am slowly learning this "non-paper" hobby... Of course, as usual, almost everything that interests me is top-dollar (sigh)... I stay away from the paper money section as much as possible so as not to get depressed... I am a sucker for a good engraving!
So far, the folks here are a bit more "relaxed" and willing to answer questions than some stamp people. Perhaps coiners are more social than stampers? BOTH are CERTAINLY nicer than people on automotive and model railroad forums. I swear a quarter of them just want to pick you apart and TRY to cause trouble.
All I want are nice, civil discussions on various topics, with some HUMOR thrown in for good measure!
Anyhoo, I have now officially introduced myself.
It only took 10 years...