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MizzouMizzou Posts: 449 ✭✭✭✭

During a safety meeting at work the other day the discussion turned to hobbies in your free time. Saltwater fishing was popular as well as bike riding and kayaking. And then I mentioned coin collecting and actually heard a couple of snickers...they thought I was joking. Maybe I would have been taken seriously if I had been wearing my reading glasses along with a pocket protector in my shirt pocket. This is 2020, will numismatist's ever get rid of the nerd conception?

Sometimes I think that animals are smarter than humans, animals would never allow the dumbest one to lead the pack

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  • CoinlearnerCoinlearner Posts: 2,455 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 15, 2020 9:25AM


    Few in the work place have actually held an attractive numismatic coin. Showed off a graded 20 Saint Gold to some of my co-workers awhile ago. Needless to say,their reaction was not negative. :) Edit to show picture. Bought that one off forum member

  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,354 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As a freshwater kayak fisherman, and an avid 4x4'r, hiker and explorer, I also love coins (and probably do not fit the stereotype)! :)


    “We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”

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  • hyf88hyf88 Posts: 294 ✭✭✭

    I have found that Once I tell people about some of the pocket change finds I’ve made that are worth decent money they seem to become a lot more interested in the hobby.
    Everyone likes a treasure hunt!

  • bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,688 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I get some weird looks when I tell them I collect old windup watches also. Lol

  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,344 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mizzou said:
    During a safety meeting at work the other day the discussion turned to hobbies in your free time. Saltwater fishing was popular as well as bike riding and kayaking. And then I mentioned coin collecting and actually heard a couple of snickers...they thought I was joking. Maybe I would have been taken seriously if I had been wearing my reading glasses along with a pocket protector in my shirt pocket. This is 2020, will numismatist's ever get rid of the nerd conception?

    Now is the time to let them know that you might buy Grandpa's coins he left them.
    Lemon = lemonade
    bob :)

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  • WildIdeaWildIdea Posts: 1,861 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Most people seem to have no idea the depth a coin collection can take a person. It’s a subculture, somewhat private and unlikely to take the world by storm.

  • OldEastsideOldEastside Posts: 4,602 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Naw.........Instead of a pocket protector you should have had a bottle of mustard along with some stains because that just SCREAMS out that your a collector and even a dealer

    Steve

    Promote the Hobby
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In all the occasions I have had to mention I am a coin collector, I have never heard 'snickers' or snide comments. Of course, that may be due to some knowing my other hobbies... ;) Or the fact that I am known for retaliation - immediately, in kind, and twice the impact. :D I like books, coins, firearms, tactical training, hiking, metal detecting and many other interesting pursuits. Frankly, I do not give a da(r)n what anyone else thinks. :D Cheers, RickO

  • spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 5,070 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bicycling is my other passion, I own 5 for all types of riding, and some redundancy (technically 6 but one is taken apart right now for 'conservation' purposes). Oops that describes my numismatic pursuits as well - all types, redundancy. And yes, I am officially a nerd based on occupation and education.....

    Best, SH


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  • RYKRYK Posts: 35,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PerryHall said:
    Most coin collectors are smart enough to keep their hobby secret for security reasons. The people that you tell may be trustworthy but who knows who they may tell? I said this once before a few years ago in a similar thread and a few forum members accused me of being paranoid. I think they were being foolish.

    Nah, I still think you are paranoid. :D


    "There are no called strikes in coin collecting."--Henry David Thoreau RYK
  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,262 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For years, I had a large, framed paint like picture (via Todd) hanging in my office of my colorful A&R Half that also shows interesting Longacre doubling. Not one person who met with me in my office looked at it or commented. I thought it'd be a nice conversation piece. Most people have no interest in old coins unless they find some and think they've hit the jackpot.

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
  • AlanSkiAlanSki Posts: 1,459 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't fit the "profile" either. My arms are full sleeve tattoos, mouth piercings, leg tattoos, etc. I was told I look like a parolee. B)

  • 1Mike11Mike1 Posts: 4,414 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "May the silver waves that bear you heavenward be filled with love’s whisperings"

    "A dog breaks your heart only one time and that is when they pass on". Unknown
  • CuprinkorCuprinkor Posts: 178 ✭✭✭

    The phrase I was told was, "Isn't that passe?"

    This person was 70ish and just retired from Mentor Graphics.

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,184 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not only coins, but I also collect spoons! :D
    Me ——> 🤓

  • 7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 7,084 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well, that would be most people....WE are in a distinct and absolutely shrinking minority, despite protestations on these Boards of seeing the odd snipe of a young collector here or there.

    BTW, exercise equipment when used is the BEST investment by far - just ask your heart and lungs!
    And this comes from a collector of 50+ years standing who still uses that equipment until it wears out and then replaces it.

    Love that Milled British (1830-1960)
    Well, just Love coins, period.
  • fathomfathom Posts: 1,434 ✭✭✭✭✭

    We are not cool. So what?......

  • ambro51ambro51 Posts: 13,529 ✭✭✭✭✭

    put out the word you’ll pay $100 for a 1975 Quarter

  • ccmorganccmorgan Posts: 1,211 ✭✭✭

    Yes I get the same sometimes till I show some of my morgans. Then their jaw drops open with envy.
    But some always make jokes like is there a "I found a penny with the head side up" thread.

    Love the 1885-CC Morgan
  • ccmorganccmorgan Posts: 1,211 ✭✭✭

    @fathom said:
    We are not cool. So what?......

    I am.... ;)

    Love the 1885-CC Morgan
  • TPGSTPGS Posts: 207 ✭✭✭

  • DoubleEagle59DoubleEagle59 Posts: 8,039 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Coin collectors do tend to lean towards the 'nerd' needle.

    "Gold is money, and nothing else" (JP Morgan, 1912)

    "Gold is the canary in the financial coal mine." (Alan Greenspan)

    "I only golf on days that end in 'Y'" (DE59)
  • ElmerFusterpuckElmerFusterpuck Posts: 4,540 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Depends on where you are. When I mentioned that I collected, I usually get a story of what stash they have at home, that their grandparents gave them some old coins and so on. I've actually looked over many a coin during lunch break at work, and some folks had stuff way above the usual stash. It's usually a friendly conversation start, with people asking genuine curiosity questions. And yes, I do run across the occasional "I got a 1943 copper penny, what's that worth?"

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,221 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I find that my various collecting interests bring me into knowledge and learning that completely escapes the average person.

    I look at some of these fanatics in various activities and ot all looks so shallow. Fun, sometimes healthy, but shallow.

  • BustDMsBustDMs Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ambro51 said:
    put out the word you’ll pay $100 for a 1975 Quarter

    Gosh you’re cheap, I’m paying $1000! 😜

    Q: When does a collector become a numismatist?



    A: The year they spend more on their library than their coin collection.



    A numismatist is judged more on the content of their library than the content of their cabinet.
  • 3stars3stars Posts: 2,270 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BustDMs said:

    @ambro51 said:
    put out the word you’ll pay $100 for a 1975 Quarter

    Gosh you’re cheap, I’m paying $1000! 😜

    Is that what DCarr overstrikes are going for these days?

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