January 14th, 2014

New Year perfect time to pick up a new hobby

By MintState

For those of you who haven’t heard, January doesn’t just mark the start of a new year. While many people associate the month with setting personal resolutions, January also sets itself apart as National Hobby Month. As part of that designation, hobbyists of all ages are encouraged to pick up a new pursuit or reinvigorate their passion for a previous pastime on an annual basis. Given that assignment, we can’t think of a better opportunity to introduce coin collecting to a new devotee. Here are a few ways to help them get started on the new pursuit.

U.S. Proof Sets – They are one of the staples for new collectors and a great way to introduce the hobby to a youngster, as Coins of America has a wide range of U.S. Proof Sets dating all the way back to the 1960s. The standard sets include at least five coins – a penny, dime, nickel, quarter and half dollar – while some of the newer versions feature as many as 14 pieces, including the Presidential Dollars and National Parks quarters issued in recent years. A cool keepsake for any new collector.

Coins Folders – There are few better ways to get a newbie excited about coin collecting than the challenge of filling a coin folder. Just the thrill of finding a specific date or mint mark that’s been missing can create lasting memories for youngsters who take a shine to the hobby. Whether you want to start with the smallest denomination or have something bigger in mind – from Washington quarters or Kennedy half dollars – COA has a wide selection of coin folders to fit any new collectors’ needs.

State Quarters Map – What better way to get someone started than to make an adventure out of their new hobby? By focusing on the State Quarters series – which ran from 1999 and 2008 – new collectors can create a fun means to begin their pursuit, as they can pair the series with add-ons such as the State Quarters Map. This will particularly appeal to young collectors, as it gives them a chance to relieve past travels through coins. As a bonus, the series can be relatively easy to complete. Not only are individual coins for sale at a reasonable cost, but a vast majority of the pieces can be found still circulating among common change.

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