That’s right! I collect coins! Between all my other nerdy collections, which you can find in Parts 1-3 of this series, I think I collect it all. Just when you thought I couldn’t possibly get any more nerdy.
For as long as I can remember I have loved collecting coins. I used to collect only what I called ‘special coins’, or rather, the coins that don’t bear the usual obverse. In Canada that would be the maple leaf, the beaver, etc. In America that would be the eagle, the torch, etc. Sorry to anyone from any other countries but, being from Canada, my coin collecting is mostly of Canadian coins – and some American coins.
A year or two ago, once I finally collected EVERY special coin that was produced in Canada since the Royal Canadian Mint has existed (which is the same as saying since there have been Canadian coins), I thought what could I do? Just through finding coins in my change – it helped working at Taco Time for four years – I found every special toonie, loonie, quarter, dime, nickel and penny they had. Most of the American ones, too. I actually have an American quarter for each of the 50 states and 6 territories, and I’m trying to collect the newest “America The Beautiful” series.
That’s when I turned to silver dollars – but these I had to actually go out to coin shows and buy them. I really liked it…until I found all of those, as well. I went to my dad one day and we had this exchange:
Me: “Well, I’ve got every special coin ever made in Canada.”
Dad: “Really? Wow…that’s a lot of money there.”
Me: “I know. Now that I have them all, what now?”
Dad: “Do you have one for every year?”
Me: “Every year? What a brilliant idea.”
So my journey began to find a coin for every year. I succeeded with toonies and loonies (as they have only been in mintage since 1996 and 1987 respectively).
I have a dime for every year since 1970, and some odd years before.
I’m only missing about 30 nickels between 1922 and present.
I have a penny for every year since 1947, and quite a bit before that. My oldest coin is actually a Canadian penny from 1882.
I have quarters (which are my favourite to collect because there are so many special ones) from every year since 1967. My 1967 quarter is actually a silver coin with a bobcat on it (replacing the usual caribou) and was produced in commemoration of Canada’s centennial.
I’ve also got different coins that I’ve purchased directly from the mint, meant as collectors’ pieces. I won’t bore you with specific details about coin size, weight, metal content, artist and such (all of the stuff that fascinates me). Instead, I’ll jsut show you some pictures of my collection, including various greeting and holiday cards:
Aren’t these all so cool? Just another side of my nerdiness that is really quite vast. Sometimes, in regards to my coins, I feel like an old man, but I don’t care. My Grandpa used to love to collect coins, so I think of him a lot when I think of coins. A lot of people tell me its a waste of money to buy coins…but I don’t care, either. I just say why is it a waste of money? Someone told me once that they would rather buy jewelry…so I decided to inform her that I can buy 17 grams of pure silver for $50, when a pure silver set of earrings (that most likely weighs a lot less than the 17 gram coin) would sell for no less than double or triple that price. Economically speaking, that’s a pretty damn good deal.
Thanks for reading!
Does anyone else collect coins?
- Learn About the Field of Numismatics (optionsanimal.com)
- With one-cent coin to retire early next month, is nickel next to go? (ctvnews.ca)
- Is Canada’s nickel the next coin to be retired? (theprovince.com)
- The Basics of Coin Collecting ~ Coin Collectors, Coin Collector, … (carajilloblog.wordpress.com)