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Let's have a thread on it! In the US at least, there's a lot of neat stuff to find even if you're not into it that much. For example, all quarters & dimes dated 1964 and earlier are made of 90% silver.
I'm surprised that there wasn't a thread about this already. Post your hoard if you wish.


I only collect bullion quality silver.
All other coins and rounds that aren't bullion quality have no interest to me personally.


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I have a lot of these things but they won't have any value until I'm dead. Maybe I will give them to my brother before I die. His grandsons might find them useful either because the EU collapse or because they become valuable. I like how they look though and I even have a book to store them. I would like to get deeper into coins since we had a lot in Europe before the EU. I have some french and italian coins too, really nice but not as nice as my pesetas.


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I don't collect it but since you guys are interested in coins, I might as well show the only one I have. My great-grandfather was a fierce royalist and they would wear this coin as a pin on their coats after the Lisbon Regicide, that's why you can see a little solder in there. Interesting stuff.


>Lisbon Regicide
I mean the October 1910 revolution, though the regicide a couple years earlier is very connected to it.


Same here. Pure silver regardless of its form is best. You'll be glad you collected bullion coins (and bars, if available) next year when a gallon of milk is $500.


Saving up for my first Troy ounce of gold.
Haven't decided which round or coin I am getting yet.


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I started coin collecting back in late 2019 after finding a foreign coin in my till at work. I had to get help online to identify it. Then I started keeping any foreign coins I found. I like to think about how any particular coin ended up on the other side of the planet, in my cash register. The oldest foreign coin I found was an 1881 Austrian coin, found in my till's penny cup.

I then started collecting circulating US coins, filling out checklists of dates/mint marks. I replace coins with higher quality ones as I find them. I enjoyed it, and it's the only reason I stayed at my wageslave job for another year; I'd 'buy' coin rolls from the store's change fund and take them home. This is "coin roll hunting" and has the same excitement as opening a booster pack of Pokemon cards as a kid. I'd meticulously examine the rolls, remove what I wanted to keep, replaced the removed coins, and return the rolls to work, where I'd trade for new rolls or just cash.
I also collect slightly older bank notes and any notes with "fancy" serial numbers.

God it was so much fun. One time I found three silver quarters in one roll! Usually I'd only find one every few months or so…
I remember the first time I found a silver quarter "in the wild": A customer paid for some candy in exact change. I was focused on something else, but as he dropped coins on the counter, I heard a familiar high-pitched ringing sound, leading my eyes to a noticeably whiter quarter. I elatedly switched out the silver coin to take home later.

I quit my job back in January (just couldn't handle the forced socializing anymore) and haven't hunted any coin rolls ever since. Most hobbyists just buy boxes of coins directly from banks, but I've read that getting tellers to cooperate can prove difficult, especially if you want to order a box of half dollars or something.
That's just a kind of social interaction I can't do. I just can't do it. I quit my job because it was getting harder and harder to deal with social interaction. I can't make myself talk to anybody who doesn't talk to me first, and I can't even look people in the eyes. There's no way I'd be able to persuade a bank teller to give me hundreds of dollars in coins. I wish I could do that but I just can't.

Picture is the coin (not mine) from 2019 that sparked my interest in numismatics. Soon after identifying the coin, I learned that Thai baht coins are some of the more common foreign coins to find in the US, and some hobbyists even get annoyed at how often they are asked to identify them.


Thinking about regularly buying gold coins and rounds.
Not sure what size to get. The larger the size the less often I would buy, the smaller the more often since I have to save up less.
For example I could get 1/10 oz coins every month, 1 oz coins every 3 months, and 1/25 or smaller every pay check without it effecting my other finances.


I know you say you can't face them, but you really prove that by trying it the once. If you spaghetti all over it's not like you're going back there again. And if it goes ok then that's a pretty big win. I struggle to go out to the shop to buy tobacco every single time, without fail. But then I actually go and do it and, again, every single time without fail I realise it was fine and return home with my rewards.

It sounds like such a top tier hobby to miss out on just to avoid the cunts. Cunts that would more than likely not even give it a second thought to the request, or than you were one of the dozen people they saw that day who doesn't do eye contact. Fuck 'em, seriously… get some coins.


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Finally decided on my first full oz gold coin.
Decided to get a Britannia, both because it's beautiful and because it had the lowest premium online.

Best Chrismas present to my self since I got a gamming PC for myself.
After that I will probably get mainly 1/4 oz gold coins every month or so, with 1/10 oz gold just for collection pieces or if the price spikes.


I got a bunch of 1/10oz and 1/20oz but mainly only to use as like birthday presents and stuff kids in the family so they'd be used to what it's like to touch and hold rather than gold being something weird and scary. They already have more than enough stuff and toys anyway.

But I'd spread it out from 1/4oz, 1/5oz (e.g. sovereigns), 1/2oz, an 1oz. Obviously 1oz is usually going to be the most bang for your buck, and if you think about it then liquidating a whole 1oz is a nice pile of money but maybe not a tremendous amount if you're trying to live off of it or just padding up your bank account for a while. The smaller ones make more sense if for some reason you don't want to let a whole 1oz go, or if you just don't have a whole lot of spare income and it makes sense to buy little by little more often as a form of dollar cost averaging so that you're not always trying to time the market and worried about missing a dip or whatever. A smaller one is also kind of more on par with buying a typical tube of 20 1oz silver coins/rounds, which is what a lot of people might suggest if gold is kind of spendy for your situation.


I mostly decided that after I get a few 1 oz coins that I will mainly get 1/4 oz every month or so.
I don't really like the smaller coins for a number of reasons. Went to a coin shop and just handling them, they are really tiny and just don't like them that much. Another knock against them is that premiums on them are pretty bad compared to the larger coins. So 1/4 oz is probably as small as I am going to go unless it's something really special that catches my eye even at the smaller size.


I have a 1997 Mexican Silver Libertad which I hear is pretty rare in terms of silver coins. The silver shop threw it into my purchase after I found it among the junk silver and told him about it rather than try to buy it at junk silver prices. He appreciated it, and since he only got the Mexican silver that day, let me buy it for 16 dollars, which was about spot for junk silver at the time. I also got 7 silver onzas that day.


Very cool.
What condition is it in?


Just a very cool video about the history of money in America.


that guy is cool and knowledgable and makes colonial america seem interesting with every video


It's been over a year since I wrote this post and I still haven't gotten a new job and still haven't restarted this fun hobby yet.

I remember in 2019 and 2020 I enjoyed getting brand new quarter rolls, because some of the new ones had the West Point W mint mark, rather than the P or D mark. I had relatively good luck finding at least one for every handful of new quarters.

In 2021 I probably could have found more if I had kept up with the hobby. Now in 2022 I haven't encountered a single one. I regret not coin roll hunting these past two years, I could have built a good collection of those W quarters (which I think can sell for $5-10 on Ebay a pop, depending on their condition).

I mentioned in my previous post that I liked collecting paper currency with interesting serial numbers. Well I went broke recently and finally had to spend these bills. I should have tried to at least sell them on Ebay. But the same depression/anxiety combo that prevented me from keeping my job and going to banks for coin rolls also prevented me from even bothering to try. And the fact that I no longer have those neat bills makes me hate myself even more. I had a $10 with a number 01000010, a $1 with number 66606660, and a $20 with number 45454455, among others. And a couple dozen rare star notes. Now they're all gone because I'm a lazy, mentally ill retard.


I've spent every single wheat penny, every silver quarter, every silver dime, even the neat silver proof quarter I had. Spent that one on ice cream for my mom.

The last cool coin I had was a 1885-S Morgan dollar coin. A few weeks ago I pawned it for $20 which I then spent on an ounce of kratom and a benzedrex inhaler and a Coke.

I only bump this thread in the hopes that maybe I'll eventually be inspired to fix my life, and then reignite my interest in coins, and then as I rebuild my collection I'll actively post in this thread and get other people interested as well.
But I'm much more likely to kill myself before anything like that ever comes close to happening.

This was the best hobby I ever had and the only silver lining is that it wouldn't technically be THAT hard for me to rebuild my collection. Given enough time, I could get 95% of it through coin roll hunting and would have fun doing it. I could use my electronic microscope and upload closeups of neat coins and show differences between things like, 1982 small date and large date pennies.
But I'll never do anything ever. Never have never will.

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