Collect for life: the enduring value of rare coin collecting

By Michael McConnell

Why is

rare coin collecting

so popular? As it turns out, there are many reasons why this unique hobby continues to attract enthusiasts of all ages, year after year. Coin collecting is a lifelong activity that can begin at any age and be maintained for decades. In addition, it provides the collector with a lens through which to learn about myriad facets of human culture – from history and economics to politics and war to social issues, celebrities and significant events. In other words, coin collecting opens the door to an endless source of education and enrichment – and of course, it all comes with the thrill of the hunt.

Every coin – be it a rare and ancient piece or a contemporary penny – tells a story. The unique features of a given coin place it in a specific historical and cultural context, helping collectors learn about the past and allowing them to (literally) hold a piece of history in their hands. The design, metallic composition, condition and mint mark of any coin provide clues as to its origins – and as a collector, the more you learn about different series’ and distinctive design features, the more you will also come to understand about the era in which each piece was made. Depending on your interests, you can shape your coin collecting goals around a favorite period in history, a war, a social campaign, a ruler or a major event – or any other number of themes.

According to the United States Mint, coin collecting was once restricted to kings and royal personages; and in fact, it is still known by many as “the hobby of kings.” With the first known coins dating back to 650 B.C., there is an inexhaustible wealth of information waiting to be unearthed by eager collectors and new numismatic students alike.

Begin buying and selling gold coins today with an experienced San Diego rare coin dealer

Today, coin collecting is common throughout the country, and the basis for countless clubs, trade shows and educational organizations; and here in San Diego, we are lucky to have a number of resources for new and experienced collectors alike. As a

San Diego rare coin dealer

, I look forward to welcoming collectors to both of my shops – San Diego Coin & Bullion and The Coin Shop in La Jolla. Stop by today to learn more, start researching your next purchase or simply ask questions of the experts – or visit us online at