Getting started in coin collecting is actually very easy. For example, upon the introduction of the 50 State Quarter program in 1999, millions of people succumbed to the irresistible urge to search through pocket change, hoping to find the newest state quarter release.
Most never moved beyond the status of casual collector, but for some, the State Quarter program served as the launching pad for a fulfilling numismatic vocation.
It doesn’t take much effort to set aside a few coins, but what ingredients are necessary to advance from a fledgling to accomplished coin scholar?
This section of Rare Coins 101 is a roadmap for those wanting to become a coin collector but aren't quite sure how to move forward after they get started.
Turns out, there is quite a bit of training involved...
The collector “training regimen” is multifaceted, consisting of non-stop education, goal setting, relationship building, patience, passion, persistence, perceptiveness, and commitment of time.
This leads us to this not-so-surprising Rare Coins 101 Axiom:
IOW, you get out of it what you put into it. That's important to remember as you are getting started in coin collecting.
We've made it sound as if you're about to embark on a painful ordeal. Thankfully, no, you are not about to enter Boot Camp! Trust me, this is fun and fruitful. Let’s start our training…
All the chapters referenced above are accessible from any other chapter in this section. Thus, no need to return to this Introductory page to link to other chapters.