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Hm...91 year olds are pretty cool.

Hello all, hope the day is treating you well 😊

My roommate enjoys the history and information that comes with collecting coins and has been telling his friends about my new hobby(started about a year ago.) And have been really enjoying it.

One of my roommates friends loves the idea of me collecting coins and he invited us over. When I get there I show him some of my books, giddy as all out because someone is actually interested. And he says to me.

"I used to collect coins too actually, but unfortunately one day I came home and my place was broken into, everything taken. Including my coins...but I had a little jar tucked away they missed and me and my partner were interested if you'd like to buy them and his coin jar too."

I, of course, was very interested, and so we all sat at a table and counted out the coins. And they allowed me to buy each coin for face value equalling up to 80 dollars. I'm tickled because of others sharing my Numismatic interest and also loving being around this other Numismatic man...a retired air corps 91 year old fella, super sweet guy. I'm only 30 so this was a very special moment for me.

Almost every penny in his jar was a Wheat Cent the oldest being a 1922. I haven't even gone through them all yet. As I was leaving, his partner goes,

"Oh yeah, I bought a nickle back in 2014, I was going to give it to my cousin but I really like you. I'm going to find it."

He goes to his room and then comes back with a 1937 Indian Head Buffalo Nickel. So cool

The older fella then looks at me and glares with a twinkle in his eye and says,

"Now I know I have some dimes and nickels, and quarters, and fifty cent pieces in my desk drawer...but you're not getting those!
But if you stop by again I might change my mind. "

I just laugh and happily agree and really stoked I finally have someone to geek out with. Someone I can call a friend.

Here's just a couple State quarters and the nickel from what I got(taking pics is so exhausting, whoa!).
And the buffalo nickel.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

                         Things I always wonder 

             "Are the 'e's in the word 'Bee' silent ?"
     "When you say 'scent is the 's' silent or the 'c' ?"


  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That story reminds when I first started collecting. No doubt, as word spreads, you may get offered other coins from other people you have yet to meet.



    Proud recipient of the coveted PCGS Forum "You Suck" Award Thursday July 19, 2007 11:33 PM and December 30th, 2011 at 8:50 PM.
  • ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,179 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cool story. I assume that 1922 was a D. :)
    Our neighbor across the street just turned 91 this month and thankfully seems to be in very good health.

    Collector, occasional seller

  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,123 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome aboard and keep the search / collecting going

    Kennedys are my quest...

  • divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,460 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great story.

    There was an older gentlemen in his 70's that I used to work for when I was in my early teens and he always had some great stories and some cool stuff to show me.

    Thanks for sharing.


    Hobbyist & Collector (not an investor).
    Donato's Complete US Type Set ---- Donato's Dansco 7070 Modified Type Set ---- Donato's Basic U.S. Coin Design Set

    Successful transactions: Shrub68 (Jim), MWallace (Mike)
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great story and nice looking coins...get an album for the SHQ's, they look good that way. Cheers, RickO

  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,265 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome! You can continue to geek out here. ☺️

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
  • messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,466 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome, and great story! This is a great hobby to share with others. Unfortunately, it's also a dangerous one to share. As word spreads that you have coins and it only takes one bad guy finding out. Have fun, but practice good operational security, even if you don't have a lot of value in your collection yet.

    Keeper of the VAM Catalog β€’ Professional Coin Imaging β€’ Prime Number Set β€’ World Coins in Early America β€’ British Trade Dollars

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