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BobSavBobSav Posts: 913 ✭✭✭
edited May 4, 2022 4:32PM in U.S. Coin Forum

Chapter One The Beginning
I was born in 1950 and I remember how it all started one summer day in 1958. My mother had come home from the grocery store. Back then there were no Supermarkets, you bought your dry goods at the grocery store, your meat came from the butcher shop and your milk was delivered by the milk man.
She showed me a strange penny that she got in her change at the store. It was a 1858 Flying Eagle Cent. I remember her telling me that it was a hundred years old and that I should keep it because when I grow up it might be worth a lot of money. Well I was intrigued by that penny because it look so different.
I remember it was summer because I was not in school so the next day I decided to go to the library to see if I could find out more about my penny. Back then kids were only allowed in the " children's " section which didn't contain any of information about coins. So I asked the librarian where I could find coin books and showed her my coin. We'll She did me one better.
At the entrance to the library there was a large wooden box filled with old books that were free for the taking, most were damaged or just worn out and the library didn't want them any more.
She lead me over to the box and she dug down to the bottom and found two old " Red Books ". One had the cover missing and the other was just plain used. She gave me one of them and said I could have it. It was a 1950 the same year as I was born.
I remember running all the way home and spending the rest of the day lying in my bed reading page after page of that red book. I begged my mother to look thru her change and as soon as my father got home I begged to see his too.
In 1958 a cent was really worth something, bread cost .22, gas .24 most vegetables were 5-6 cents a pound so my parents weren't about to just give me all their penny's so what was I too do ?

Chapter Two Financing
to be continued

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  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bob. Might I suggest some paragraph breaks to make it easier to read? A long column of text discourages me to want to read your story.

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The start of the biography of a coin collector???

  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,123 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Please post more soon @BobSav.
    I can’t put the book down. 😀

    Kennedys are my quest...

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BobSav ... Great story and similar to how others of that time got started. I never had a coin book, but having a paper route, got 'different old' coins.... and saved them. Looking forward to the next chapter. Cheers, RickO

  • JW77JW77 Posts: 386 ✭✭✭✭

    @numisma said:

    @amwldcoin said:
    The start of the biography of a coin collector???

    Chapter 4: Collection Grows by Leaps and Bounds
    Chapter 5: Wife Finds My Coin Purchase Receipts
    Chapter 6: The Divorce
    Chapter 7: The Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

    That is why I destroy all receipts and track inventory on PCGS website. Password committed to memory. My formula for coupling coin collecting with a happy wife!

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

    Great story, Bob. Please keep it going.

    Thanks for sharing your story.


    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

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  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BobSav said:

    enjoyed the read. if you replaced coins with sports cards, that was pretty close to my experience but with card shops including one owner that i somehow managed to cajole into permitting me to acquire my very first deck of nudie cards. ROTFL (probably a bit too young but was FAR from my first experience with such things. ie movies without parents knowing and friends/cousins and dirty magazines from time to time)

    now i that i type that and compare mine to his, perhaps i shoulda went with coins. :D

    although, with my experience now, coin dealers are about the same as the card dealers (in this regard) i encountered riding my bike around!

    i'll bookmark this and await the next part of the saga. gratz on getting your groove and finding legit and innocent ways of bankrolling yourself!

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  • BobSavBobSav Posts: 913 ✭✭✭


    That was GREAT

    Past transactions with:
    Lordmarcovan, WTCG, YogiBerraFan, Phoenin21, LindeDad, Coll3ctor, blue594, robkoll, Mike Dixon, BloodMan, Flakthat and others.
  • Piano1Piano1 Posts: 233 ✭✭✭


    Hey, man. I'm a 1950er too and started collecting about the same time you did! I'm enjoying and relating quite well to your "episodes". Keep 'em going.

    Funny thing. Growing up in a big city (Miami back in the 1950's and Tallahassee later for Florida State University through 1975) I learned a slightly different interpretation of "wham bang, thank you ma'am" but I guess that was my college days. College was very educational for many reasons but not really what you're thinking. Married at 23 and still collecting.....coins that is. 🤣 50th wedding anniversary on June 8th. I think I'll buy my wife a 1794 Half Cent. It will look great in my type set. (of course she'll kill me).

    Piano 1

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