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Fun facts about coins: Euro coins appear starting Jan. 1, 2002, and will be the sole legal tender within the EU zone starting Feb. 28, 2002. There will be eight coins, all with a common face and a national face. They will have values of 1, 2, and 5 cents; 10, 20 and 50 cents; one euro; and two euros; There will be seven euro notes worth five, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
 



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How The Hobby of Collecting Coins Began
By Charles Roman
Very few things tell more about a country in fewer words than the it produces. Coins hold a wealth of information on their small faces, from the year of their birth to the language spoken at the time, from the metals a country holds valuable to the cultural influences and historical figures that its people hold valuable. Coins can also be strikingly beautiful in their own right, with the top designers of a nation striving to have their motif chosen for immortality on the face of a coin. With so much information and beauty contained in so small a package, it is no surprise that coin collecting has been a hobby nearly as long as the concept of themselves. An understanding of the long history of coin collecting, once known as “the hobby of kings,” will make this pastime even more enjoyable.

The Origin of Coins and Coin Collecting The hobby of coin collecting began nearly as soon as the first were minted in Asia Minor, around 650 B.C. Before that time, gold and silver ingots were the most common form of legal tender. Because there was no standard, however, each trade necessitated a careful weighing and examination of the precious metals being offered, and it was easy for unscrupulous merchants to pass off a lesser quality of gold in trade. Coins, which were printed on standardized weights of precious metals and stamped with a government guarantee of value, was the answer to this unwieldy, easily sabotaged trading process. Within one hundred years, the concept of had been adopted by all of the major trading cities in the civilized world.

At the beginning, coin collecting had a very practical reason – there were no banks in which to store money. People hoarded as a way of safeguarding their wealth. Those that were especially beautiful were hoarded the

Page 13: The art of coin collecting
Coin collecting is an extremely popular hobby all around the world. Dealers and collectors are always looking for that rare coin that is not only historic, but valuable as well. The hobby can also be addictive. "Anybody will tell you that as a coin ...
Why Coin Collecting is a Favorite Past Time
Coin collecting is a cherished hobby amongst collectors and often sparks many fond memories. Endless nights searching through sacks of coins and coin rolls in hopes of coming across a Wheat Penny, a Buffalo Nickel, or a Seated Liberty come to mind for some.
Brockton numismatist makes sense out of coin collecting
BROCKTON ? The niche hobby of coin collection was in mint condition in Brockton ... and to the history of what its made out of,? Hand said. Hand said that coin collecting became a ?graying hobby,? as children nowadays are more interested in ...
NightSide ? The Secrets of Coin Collecting
An expert on rare and valuable coins, Joe talks with Dan about collecting coins as a hobby and also for profit. Do you have any rare coins lying around you?d like to find out more about? Or are you interested in getting into coin collecting as a hobby?
Coin collecting
Sartre called coin collecting a hobby for dull old men. Well, I started collecting as a dull young man 60 years ago. I?ve been selling coins too, for more than half that time. But Sartre was wrong. I can hardly calculate how much numismatics has ...
Coin Collecting Alive and Well in Eastern Iowa
"They come in with wagons full of cases, full of coins." Johnson said coin collecting used to be called the "hobby of kings". He said in the U.S. it really took off in about the 1850s. Since then, there have been waves of collection activity over the years.
A Tribute To Richard S. Yeoman,
Hobby pros are mourning the death earlier this month of Richard S. Yeoman, the author and creative genius who revolutionized coin collecting. Yeoman, a long-time Racine, Wis., resident, died while driving a car near his retirement home in Tucson ...
Coin collectors gather in Longmont to trade wares, stories
Lindeman said he got into coin collecting because his grandfather participated in the hobby. But Lindeman, from Broomfield, was drawn to collecting ancient coins because they offer a glimpse into history. He opened up the glass case and plucked out an ...
Coin show shows how hobby is changing
David DeTomaso, president of the Cayuga County Coin Club, said that he has been an avid coin collector since he discovered the hobby during Cub Scouts at the age of 7. ?Coin collecting is a hobby that could also be profitable,? he said. ?But for the ...

longest, often being passed down within families.

Coin Collection in Renaissance Times Modern coin collecting, where the are viewed as a work of art as well as a collection of valuable legal tender, is widely thought to have begun with Francesco Petrarca, or Petrarch, who is often called the father of the Renaissance. Although there is reason to believe that Roman emperors and citizens paid prices higher than face value for that were no longer in circulation, Petrarch was known to be an avid collector, and often spoke of his collection in his writing. During the Renaissance, popes and nobility began collecting for their artistic and historical value, and the name “the hobby of kings” was born. So popular was the pursuit and trade of ancient Greek and Roman in this time period, that a brisk business in high-quality counterfeits sprang into being. Today, these counterfeits even have a high value, due to their age, quality, and historical significance.

Coin Collecting in Modern Times Coin collecting has been a favorite pastime of many people with a reverence for history, including U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The development of two large coin organizations in the mid-to-late 1800s, the American Numismatic Society (ANS) and the American Numismatic Association (ANA), helped spark American interest in building and maintaining a coin collection. Today, there has been an explosion in American interest in coin collecting, in large part due to the ease and availability of obtaining interesting coins. The U.S. Mint has successfully increased interest in starting a coin collection through the minting of specialty coins, such as the bicentennial half dollars released in 1976 and the current release of quarters commemorating each of the fifty states.
Coins and Coin Collecting, www.coinsandcoincollecting.com Your guide to getting the very best from your coin collection. Coin collecting can be started as simply as getting a special state quarter for your birthday. Or you may use a coin collection to help you visualize the history of your state or country.

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Coins, Paper Money, Or Stamps?
By Gary Anthony Lacey
What should you collect as a hobby; coins, paper money, or stamps?Which will be the best investment?It’s amusing that some people who collect coins, paper money, or Read more...
 
Coins, Paper Money, Or Stamps?
By Gary Anthony Lacey
What should you collect as a hobby; coins, paper money, or stamps?Which will be the best investment?It’s amusing that some people who collect coins, paper money, or Read more...
 
 
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