60 years in Numismatics !
I almost forgot my anniversary. In February 1961, I was sick and could not go to school. My Dad had to go to work at the Post Office and my Mom was a teacher and had to go to school. My Mom took me next door to stay with my Grandparents. Mom felt guilty having to leave me when I was sick. On the way home from school she stopped ( at Woolworth's ? ) and bought me a 35 cent blue Whitman folder for Lincoln Cents. I was immediately hooked.
Before long I expanded my collecting interests to other denominations. Soon I was getting rolls from the bank to look through. A short time later I was getting bags , every Wednesday, from the bank to go through.
When I got my first, last and only job I used part of my first pay check to buy a National Bank Note from my home town. I began searching for other National Bank Notes from all sources. Monday was my day off from work and each Monday I was at the local coin shop buying, selling and learning.
In August 1973 I had my first bourse table at the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association show in Birmingham, Alabama. I had tables at several shows over the next few years.
In 1977 I had my first article published in Paper Money magazine. Since then I have had 7 more articles published.
Over the years I have attended at least 250 coin shows all over the country including every ANA show from 1970-2019. I have attended shows from Boston to San Diego and from Seattle to Miami and many cities in between. I drove to a lot of the shows which allowed me to visit every state in the lower 48. I have met a lot of collectors and dealers that I have enjoyed knowing.
In 2019, at the ANA show in Rosemont, I received my 50 year ANA Gold Membership Medal. At the same show I also received a PCGS Registry Set award.
My wife and daughter have gone with me to some shows over the last few years. If my wife does not want to go to a show she always says that it is ok for me to go out and play. She is great.
I now collect U.S. Type coins and National Bank Notes from my home state. I greatly enjoy the PCGS Registry Sets and the PCGS Message Boards. I am always looking forward to the next coin show and hope to attend one real soon!