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I'm Just curious, if you care to say...are coins a hobby or your profession?

Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited September 15, 2017 2:11PM in U.S. Coin Forum

One recent OT post asked members where they were located. We live all over the place (even in outer space); yet thanks to this site many of you have made friends who share your passion. I'm glad to expand my knowledge and grading skills here too. Now, I'm curious about those I'm learning from besides the many experts we all know.

So, if you dare, are you a currently employed professional numismatist or a collector. For how many years?

Thanks!

I'm especially interested in members I interact with.

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    ricmanricman Posts: 313 ✭✭✭

    Collector but only in memory -sold just about everything

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    ricmanricman Posts: 313 ✭✭✭

    @ricman said:
    Collector but only in memory -sold just about everything. About 40 years a collector.

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    coinnutcoinnut Posts: 1,432 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector since 1957

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    Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinnut said:
    Collector since 1957

    I had to do the math, 60 Years! Thanks.

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    astroratastrorat Posts: 9,221 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 15, 2017 1:59PM

    Hobby ... it was kind of my "profession" while at the ANA ... but not as a coin merchant.

    Numismatist Ordinaire
    See http://www.doubledimes.com for a free online reference for US twenty-cent pieces
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    amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Both!
    Collector for 50 years
    Dealer around 25 years!

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    ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,433 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector turned dealer.

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    Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @astrorat said: "Hobby ... it was kind of my "profession" while at the ANA ... but not as a coin merchant."

    Now, I'm super curious....ANA?

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    astroratastrorat Posts: 9,221 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Insider2 said:
    @astrorat said: "Hobby ... it was kind of my "profession" while at the ANA ... but not as a coin merchant."

    Now, I'm super curious....ANA?

    Yes ... you may have heard of it ... the American Numismatic Association. :)

    Numismatist Ordinaire
    See http://www.doubledimes.com for a free online reference for US twenty-cent pieces
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    silverpopsilverpop Posts: 6,598 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i'm a part time dealer of coins and a collector since 2003

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    BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 3,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hobbyist since 1967. Never stopped collecting in all that time, but didn't have a lot of funds before 1975.

    I might shoot a commercial duck if it were a 100% sure thing.

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    Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @silverpop said: "i'm a part time dealer of coins and a collector since 2003."

    14 years! Thanks.

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    astroratastrorat Posts: 9,221 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Insider2 said:
    Now, I'm super curious....ANA?

    PM Sent :)

    Numismatist Ordinaire
    See http://www.doubledimes.com for a free online reference for US twenty-cent pieces
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    QCCoinGuyQCCoinGuy Posts: 325 ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 15, 2017 2:29PM

    Professional Numismatist for more than 7 years in various capacities. Was never a collector, oddly enough.

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    mt_mslamt_msla Posts: 815 ✭✭✭✭

    Collector.

    Insert witicism here. [ xxx ]

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    WDPWDP Posts: 517 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Childhood collector in the 1960s. Got back into coin collecting in 1983. Somewhere along the line I became a Numismatist, researcher, and author. I have been a Professional Numismatist / Dealer for the last four years. My hobby became my profession, but I still collect!

    W. David Perkins Numismatics - http://www.davidperkinsrarecoins.com/ - 25+ Years ANA, ANS, NLG, NBS, LM JRCS, LSCC, EAC, TAMS, LM CWTS, CSNS, FUN

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    JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,812 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Coin collecting has been my closest hobby, shooting is a close second.

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    mannie graymannie gray Posts: 7,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector since 1969.
    First show set up 1977.
    Stopped collecting 1992, only been buying/selling since then.
    Coins are still my passion though (well, one of them at least).

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    ironmanl63ironmanl63 Posts: 1,971 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector. I sell a little but not much.

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    goldengolden Posts: 9,052 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector since 1961.

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    CameonutCameonut Posts: 7,257 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Casual collector since 1961

    “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson

    My digital cameo album 1950-64 Cameos - take a look!

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    FairlanemanFairlaneman Posts: 10,404 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ex Collector, Mercury Dimes, that is now buying coins for my Grand Daughters. Almost all purchases are off Ebay and Raw. Rolling the Dice I guess you could say. Still get to enjoy the coins for probably 10 more years. Do sell stuff that I do not like but certainly not a dealer.

    Ken

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    neildrobertsonneildrobertson Posts: 1,181 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hobbyist since 2012

    IG: DeCourcyCoinsEbay: neilrobertson
    "Numismatic categorizations, if left unconstrained, will increase spontaneously over time." -me

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    chumleychumley Posts: 2,305 ✭✭✭✭

    I am a collector because I cannot spell numismatist started in the early1980s

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    WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,708 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector and been doing it for at least 50 years.

    WS

    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.
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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,481 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It has been both. I just hope that have not too dumb as a collector in recent years so that I won't be totally buried in the future. I have paid some strong money for some prime collectors' items. :*

    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 ... ?
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    1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Novice collector.........................close to 50 years :smile:

    Successful transactions with : MICHAELDIXON, Manorcourtman, Bochiman, bolivarshagnasty, AUandAG, onlyroosies, chumley, Weiss, jdimmick, BAJJERFAN, gene1978, TJM965, Smittys, GRANDAM, JTHawaii, mainejoe, softparade, derryb

    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

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    1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    PS Great thread question @Insider2 :smile:

    Successful transactions with : MICHAELDIXON, Manorcourtman, Bochiman, bolivarshagnasty, AUandAG, onlyroosies, chumley, Weiss, jdimmick, BAJJERFAN, gene1978, TJM965, Smittys, GRANDAM, JTHawaii, mainejoe, softparade, derryb

    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

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    logger7logger7 Posts: 8,078 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hobby business; I try to keep the focus there and aim for win/win situations, not win/lose or pulling anything over on others.

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    divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,527 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 15, 2017 5:56PM

    As the bottom of my sig line says, I'm a Hobbyist & Collector weather it's coins or Nolan Ryan cards.

    Edited to add: Collecting for about 30 years (baseball cards and coins).

    Donato

    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)
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    cameonut2011cameonut2011 Posts: 10,061 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hobbyist, but I am moving more and more towards the business side.

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    JRoccoJRocco Posts: 14,277 ✭✭✭✭✭

    100% my hobby

    Some coins are just plain "Interesting"
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    Cougar1978Cougar1978 Posts: 7,616 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Investor - buy /sell online and at shows.

    So Cali Area - Coins & Currency
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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,973 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 15, 2017 7:04PM

    I'm a collector/investor.

    I was introduced to the hobby, as a child, by my dad about 40 years ago.

    I've been a Walker guy for about 20 to 25 years.

    I've played the registry game for 12 years.

    “I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~

    My Full Walker Registry Set (1916-1947)

    https://www.ngccoin.com/registry/competitive-sets/16292/

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    ldhairldhair Posts: 7,121 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm at 53 years as a collector with lots of great professional friends that help keep me on a straight path.

    Larry

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    jedmjedm Posts: 2,940 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TommyType said:
    Just a hobby to keep me out of trouble. If I break even in the long run, I figure I did very well. ;)

    Same here! Hobbyist ....started with my paper route in grade school, and then again since 2003... 14 years.

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    Insider2Insider2 Posts: 14,452 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @1630Boston said:
    Novice collector.........................close to 50 years :smile:

    I would never have guessed a novice collector. Perhaps a modest collector? :smiley:

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    Jinx86Jinx86 Posts: 3,669 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I still enjoy coins as a hobby, even though I rely on selling a steady stream of them to make an income. My tastes have had to change a bit as I cannot hold the cool inexpensive things for myself as those are the easiest sales to make.

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    jdimmickjdimmick Posts: 9,592 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 15, 2017 9:03PM

    Collector since the age of 5.

    part time dealer since 2005
    full time dealer since 2009

    I'm 47 today! as of 3 min ago

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    ShadyDaveShadyDave Posts: 2,186 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jdimmick said:
    Collector since the age of 5.

    part time dealer since 2005
    full time dealer since 2009

    I'm 47 today! as of 3 min ago

    Happy B-day bud!

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    NumivenNumiven Posts: 377 ✭✭✭

    I am in my early 30s, a passionate collector, spent good money ($100k+) on my coins. I do shoot coins, a lot. I have produced probably a good 2000+ professional coin photos, posters, videos and GIFs. Love coins and physics.

    Numismatics & Photography
    rv@ravenumismatics.com
    Instagram.com/coin2photo

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    renman95renman95 Posts: 7,037 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector since 1968.
    eBay since 1998.

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    RayboRaybo Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Never made money ( well....maybe a few times) so I guess I'm a collector.
    I always come back to coins no matter what hobby I'm interested in at the current moment, coins are always in the back of my mind for some reason.

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    RegulatedRegulated Posts: 2,992 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Both.


    What is now proved was once only imagined. - William Blake
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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector.... never a dealer....many, many, many years..... Cheers, RickO

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    TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,837 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 16, 2017 10:21AM

    Wannabe amateur, which is similar to Amateur wannabe except I have no excuses.

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    PocketArtPocketArt Posts: 1,335 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Collector. Introduced to the hobby by my Dad- collected from 1981-1986. Came back to the hobby in 2008, and have been at it ever since.

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