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What year did you get started collecting world coins?

I dabbed here and there in US coins over the years but I have been collecting Latin American coins since early 2020.

Collecting interests: Mexico & Peru early milled 1 reales + 1796-1891 US dimes

Sports: NHL & NFL

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  • SapyxSapyx Posts: 1,957 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 25, 2023 8:03PM
    1. Eight years old at the time. Bought some weird-looking foreign coins out of a dealer's scratchtray.

    I collected "world coins" before I started collecting coins of my home country (Australia).

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  • ELuisELuis Posts: 755 ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 26, 2023 6:32AM

    1971 - Until around 1977, then stop for a long time - Until some 5 or 6 years ago.

    Back then it was US & Mexico coins (The called 0720's aka Resplandor Peso).

    You were able to get on the change silver quaters, 10Cts, buffalo 5c's, and coins from Canada. Nowdays it is rare to none.

  • BoosibriBoosibri Posts: 11,813 ✭✭✭✭✭

    2014 or so started, 2018 all in.

  • EASilverEASilver Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

    Started collecting Mexico type in 1999 and became reinvigorated during the past few years with Registry Sets.

  • OnlyGoldIsMoneyOnlyGoldIsMoney Posts: 3,250 ✭✭✭✭✭

    2022 - I decided to collect one coin per century from 7th Century BC onward. My same set is my US set noted in my signature line.

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1971 when I was stationed in Asmara, Eritrea which was then a part of Ethiopia. (Kagnew Station).

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  • bidaskbidask Posts: 13,812 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Late 1980’s

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  • harashaharasha Posts: 3,076 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Probably 1958 or 1959, if you want to call it collecting. Remembering going to a brick and mortar on the Bronx's Grand Concourse with my father and older brother, picking out things from the dealer's "junk" box.

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  • NapNap Posts: 1,698 ✭✭✭✭✭

    2012 ish. Before that I collected US only.

  • nwcoastnwcoast Posts: 2,798 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As a kid- around 1962 or 63.

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  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,543 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My current collection, everything started in 2012. I’ve collected before that, but I’ve purged the collection a few times, in the very very beginning I guess the 1980s.

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  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,362 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 31, 2023 3:49AM

    I started to collect British coins at the time when CAC got a major foothold in the U.S. coin market. It seemed that when one man got to decide which coins were good and which ones were bad, it was time to pull away from the U.S. coin market. It was probably circa 2016.

    Edited to add, CAC actually did me a favor. The British collection has been a fun ride. I’ve learned a lot of history, and unlike the U.S. series, when official, but crude looking coins, like the Chain Cent cost a fortune, are very affordable.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
  • scubafuelscubafuel Posts: 1,711 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I feel similarly to Bill. I got bored of US series and the emphasis on grading and cac. I bought a wonderful CAR 2e from CRO in 2018 and haven’t looked back. I’ve had a blast exploring different world types.

  • PillarDollarCollectorPillarDollarCollector Posts: 4,580 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 31, 2023 10:40AM

    That is what I find great about some very rare world coins you can buy them for 1000's of dollars (and many times much less) vs 100 times that or more when it comes to US coins. Latin America has lots of such coins. And it is not a question about having the money you will get the coin it is patience and a lot of it even if you have the funds.

    Collecting interests: Mexico & Peru early milled 1 reales + 1796-1891 US dimes

    Sports: NHL & NFL

    Thank you Lord for another beautiful day!!!

  • MrEurekaMrEureka Posts: 23,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I started with a proof Panama 20 Balboas from the Franklin Mint in 1971. I also followed the older stuff being sold by Paramount, B&R and Almanzar's, but didn't actually buy any world coins from them until much later. And I didn't get "serious" about world coins until 1988.

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  • cladkingcladking Posts: 28,216 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was always interested in all coins so noticed them way back. I started collecting them in 1974 when I noticed many dealers had silver coin in their junk boxes for less than silver value. By 1975 I had bough a Krause to identify the silver. It might have cost me all my profits but it was worth a fortune in terms of education. In the early days I'd go to the library and use their Krause to memorize and write notes.

    Soon I began noticing there were base metal coins I almost never saw at all and some that were common but never seen in high grade so I began memorizing these. Before long I was collecting them as well.

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  • MaxfliMaxfli Posts: 39 ✭✭

    I started collecting world coins the year I turned eight years old. And that was a long time ago. :)

  • rec78rec78 Posts: 5,660 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1963 or there-abouts.

  • AchoriAchori Posts: 84 ✭✭✭

    2017, I started when I found my first Spanish colonial coin metal detecting, decided to collect world gold coins, but focused and started collecting Latin America seriously in 2018.

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  • DBSTrader2DBSTrader2 Posts: 3,425 ✭✭✭✭

    1965, about the same time I started collecting U.S. cents & nickels - - all because my Grandfather gave me an Australian large "Roo" penny from the 1940's that got me hooked!

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