There are many excellent reasons why one must collect coins. A coin’s design, mint mark, condition and composition can offer a glimpse into history and a better understanding of the past.
Coin collecting, one of the oldest hobbies, was once practiced only by kings and the wealthy. That’s why coin collecting often is called the “king of hobbies” and the “hobby of kings.”
I started collecting coins when I incidently stepped into Coin Expo in Baltimore and got excited as how each coin connects us from past to present, while passing through generations and interesting hobby that can be nurtured with pocket money and passed to generations with no expensive management skills.
A Brief History of Coins
From ancient Egyptian coins to today’s circulating cents, coins have a rich and fascinating history. The first coins date back to 650 B.C. – more than 2,600 years ago – in Lydia, an area that today is part of Turkey.