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The Coin That Started It All For Me.

 
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 Posted 08/05/2022  6:11 pm Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This is my own special coin, it's not really worth anything beyond a cent, it's damaged, but it's special to me...

This is the coin that started me to collect. My Dad gave this to me out of his change, don't even know why he looked at his change after buying something at our local hardware store way back in the early 1970's. I do remember him giving me this Lincoln cent though, he never collected coins nor had any interest in them other than what they might be worth.



I wasn't a collector until a few years later but I did save unusual looking coins, mostly Canadian cents and nickles when I came across them, more of a hoarder than a real collector. My collecting start began with a purchase of a Coinage magazine up in the mountains to read on the drive home from a ski trip. I next ordered a bag of wheat pennies from a "Jake's Coin & Stamp shop" advertisement in the magazine, I think it was a four pound bag. Got some 2x2 flips and started to sort them out and put them into holders.

Within six months I was working for the local coin shop after school, and had joined the local club in Denver, Colorado, joined the ANA, won a YN Scholarship to go to the Summer Seminar, started selling coins at local shows with my own bourse table, began traveling to out of state shows via airplane, all before I was out of high school!
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See my want page: http://goccf.com/t/140440
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 Posted 08/05/2022  7:09 pm  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Impressive work as a youngster, and a great coin to hold with sentimental value. Thank you for sharing your story!

Did you continue your career as a coin dealer, or did you veer off into another profession?
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 Posted 08/05/2022  10:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TheColorofMoney to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin and story. Thanks.
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 Posted 08/05/2022  10:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great story! I really like it! It made me think back through my coins.

Thanks for sharing!

Should I add the story of my first coin to this topic or start my own thread?
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 Posted 08/05/2022  10:57 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Did you continue your career as a coin dealer, or did you veer off into another profession?


Looking back I should have stayed in the coin business, as my partner, made millions and started a grading company my other coin buddy back in my early days has a library named for him now the ANA "Dwight Manley" Library. Oh well.

I got my degree in music and production, worked for some of the top musicians in the world, traveled all over, then became a photographer and worked with Jewel, shot some Formula 1 and lots of gymnastics. After that I sold telescopes and became one of the top telescope salespeople in the world. Now I work with animals and do research on coins for various companies, auction firms and for fun. Never did get rich or famous, but I'm okay with that.


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Should I add the story of my first coin to this topic or start my own thread?


I think adding your stories here would be fine, I'd love to keep all of these interesting tales together, the title I made suits the thread "The coin that started it all..." feel free to add one coin that started your quest in collecting and a brief story. I know I'd enjoy reading a lot of them from you all.
"Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin" - Aaron R. Feldman - "And read it" - Me 2013!
ANA Life Member #3288 in good standing since 1982, Early American Coppers Member (EAC) #6202, Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4), Conder Token Collector Club (CTCC), & Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS) Member, 2ó variety collector.

See my want page: http://goccf.com/t/140440
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 Posted 08/06/2022  05:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That was a nice read. Make sure to put that coin along with a short letter in a safe place for future family members to know the story behind the coin.
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 Posted 08/06/2022  07:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smat45 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This was my first thread read of the day...it's going to stay with me all day.
Thanks for the nice story!
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 Posted 08/06/2022  08:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good story. My 'started it all' coin was found in a ceramic piggy bank many decades ago. Ended up paying for a school lunch, but the image of it stuck with me--got me going
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 Posted 08/07/2022  7:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Possibly many have a first coin story. For me it was similar to yours. My Dad gave me a coin and I too started a coin collection.
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 Posted 08/08/2022  11:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fantastic story!

Not unlike my own origin.. the two Ikes from my father.
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