A great hobby for any individual who is interested in learning about different cultures from different periods of time is rare coin collecting. Coin collecting is one of the most popular hobbies for people of all ages to get involved in. In its initial stages, it requires little monetary investment and can bring hours of enjoyment. Some collectors get so deeply involved in the rich history of each coin in their collection they spend hours learning about the culture where the coin originated from and what the economy and trade looked like.
If you are new to the world of rare coin collecting, you might not know where to look to find coins. One of the first things you need to do before looking for coins is to take a few weeks to do research on coins and coin collecting. Visit your local library and check out a few books that detail the history of coins and some books that will fill you in on some of the basics of coin collecting. It is impossible to find the right type of coin if you have no idea what you are looking for.
Your next stop on the journey for a rare coin is a coin fair. A coin fair is essentially where coin dealers go to sell coins to collectors. Going to coin fairs will give you a chance to meet other coin enthusiasts and will also allow you a chance to have conversations with dealers. Dealers are specialists in being able to grade and authenticate coins. They can help give you specifics of what to look for in good coins.
Check and see if any rare coin collecting clubs exist in your area. If you happen to find any, you should go ahead and join one. These groups or clubs get together often to talk about the pieces in their collections. They also swap stories and information about reliable places to find coins. The information you will glean from these veteran collectors will be priceless in helping you build a solid coin collection.
Take a few of your rare coin collecting friends with you to a coin shop. It is best to visit these shops with more seasoned collectors as they can help you pick out the right type of coin. Their input can help you get good coins without getting ripped off. You can also get to know the person who runs the shop.