Organizing Your Coin Collection
Coin collecting can be very engaging and overwhelming at times that
you get carried away. Sometimes one gets too carried away and ends up
spending a fortune unnecessarily. Thatís not a problem if you are a very
wealthy man and you have lots of money to spare. But if you are just an
average coin collector and just collecting for the sheer joy of
collecting, then you should limit yourself to what you really want and
First and foremost, decide on the kind of coin you really want to
collect. Silver or Gold? Silver is shiny and looks heavenly. Maybe you
like that immaculate shine. Or the earthly luster of gold. You can also
base your collection on modern or ancient coins. Does ancient history
appeal to you? Or you are more of a contemporary type of person? If you
choose to collect ancient coins, you can narrow the selection down to
civilization, culture, or era. You can also do a per country collection.
All denominations from different countries. You can narrow your
collection to one continent only. Or maybe all of them. Then you can
arrange and display them according to continent.
Narrowing down your interests to a more specific collection will greatly
help in organizing your coins and more importantly, your budget. Your
coin display would be more organized. You can arrange it per category. A
specified type of collection can also help you avoid buying unnecessary
or out-of-place coins that do not fit in your collection.
Second, decide on your budget. How much are you willing to spend on your
collection? Are you willing to splurge, or can you really afford to
splurge? Hobbies can eat away your budget on other things if you donít
monitor your expenses. It would help if you set a specific amount that
is within your budget without hurting other necessities. Stick to that
amount. You can set aside that particular amount every month and then go
coin-shopping when you have plenty of funds already. Itís more fun that
wayóhaving lots of money at hand to spend. It gives you a lot of
Third, try to familiarize yourself with the type of coin you want to
collect. Do your homework and research on those coins. It is more fun if
you know a lot of facts about your coin collection. I believe that the
joy of coin collecting, or any other collection for that matter, is in
showing people and telling them the stories behind your collection.
There is some sense of pride. Knowing your collection will also help you
avoid buying fraudulent coins. This can save you a lot of money.