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Q David Bowers collects State Quarters.

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From his column in the Aug 22 Coin World:

 

"Every time someone mentions to me that with rarities selling for record figures, they cannot afford to collect coins, I suggest that they investigate the new 5-cent coins as well as the State quarter dollars. I collect them myself and enjoy them immensely."

 

I don't know why, but I found that interesting. :ninja:

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People moan endlessly about the designs of the new coins, me included, but I have to admit it is fun to run out to a show when the new coins come out and pick them up. And it can be done on the cheap compared to just about every other kind of coin collecting.

So I agree with this man 100% :ninja:

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I always think it's funny that people don't collect them. I mean if you're really into numismatics and not investing, why wouldn't you collect modern issues? I do and I am proud to say, I am not ashamed of it. :ninja:

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They're cheap and fun. Though I'm missing a bunch from 2003 onwards. (Kinda lost track.)

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I enjoy collecting them, albeit at a distance, now. All I have came from change (Mostly in Wallmart!). I have all up to date (and a few of other mints) I'll be emailing friends in Texas for each issue from now until 2008! :ninja:

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It is not the exact same thing, but I have seen a similar attitude with the euro coins here: they are seen as too modern, banal, "uncoinly", and only for the unseasoned collector.

 

At first when the euros were released I only focused on the Finnish coins and did not touch the foreign euros. However, as more started to cross my path, I began to collect them as well. And I enjoy it. Commonplace as they may be, but collecting from circulation is much more fun to me than buying a new commem or some old coin. While the latter coins are my favorites to own, the process by which I get them can be quite dull at times.

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< I mean if you're really into numismatics and not investing, why wouldn't you collect modern issues? >

 

Becaus I don't really care for the modern issues, I like the older material (pre-1836) and I'm not investing as the grades on a lot of my coins will attest to. But if you like them that's great.

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Well, I don't collect the modern stuff because I dislike base metal coins. There are exceptions such as the old Portugese 4c and a few others, but they are few. Mainly, the modern designs are uninspired and boring with their silly, PC themes. Coin designs here in the US are propagandistic with the relentless deification of politicians and the commemoration of wars and of socialist legislation.

 

Coins made of precious metal are my favorites. Coins with no intrinsic value aren't really in my area of interest.

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It is not the exact same thing, but I have seen a similar attitude with the euro coins here: they are seen as too modern, banal, "uncoinly", and only for the unseasoned collector.

 

I think there is some of that with the state quarters for sure.

 

I like the State Quarters, I collect them and, since Bowers is my Coin Idol, I was rather happy to see that quote from him. :ninja:

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I always think it's funny that people don't collect them.  I mean if you're really into numismatics and not investing, why wouldn't you collect modern issues?  I do and I am proud to say, I am not ashamed of it.  :ninja:

 

Well there is the focus aspect of collecting. Keeping things organized, allocating time and money etc. I know I still have way to much coin stuff that i can't really enjoy. So adding modern things would just make a bigger mess

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When I got back into collecting, I did not really find them appealing as far as making a mad rush to find the next in the series. I felt they were more of a fad item. I mean look at the price of the 1999 silver proof set. Will it still be this high in say 10 or 15 years or will the price fall through the floor because everyone got tired of them and wants to sell? I do collect them (in circulated condition) because I started a contest with a friend to get him into collecting. After chasing them for a while, I realized that it was an inexpensive way to build a nice set. I am out $5 for the folder, and $0.25 for each entry...

 

-Robert

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I always think it's funny that people don't collect them.  I mean if you're really into numismatics and not investing, why wouldn't you collect modern issues?  I do and I am proud to say, I am not ashamed of it.  :ninja:

 

 

Not that strange you know. Firstly as a minor point i don't do base metals, or more correctly coins with a high copper content due to humidity problems. Modern coins count so much on the quality of preservation on their surface and living in humid conditions as i do means there'd be a risk factor involved there. True i have a few modern 1970s British bronze coins but they only cost about $1 a piece in BU and i like the look of them. If they turned it wouldn't be a loss. If 50 coins turned i'd be more disappointed.

 

Secondly i view numismatics as relaxation and escapism. When i view my coins i can detach myself entirely from the 20th/21st century and completely forget all of todays problems both personal (if it's been a bad day) and in the world at large. This is also why i spend alot of time reading and i never watch the news... it's an interesting way of burying you head in the sand. It's much nicer in my own little world... ;)

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I also prefer to buy my coins than collect from change. Even though i do sometimes keep shiny new coins back from circulation i have only ever found 1 that looks as if it just fell out of a BU set and is of the quality i would be looking for.

 

Generally though i always view coins recieved in change as second rate to those bought in sets. Too many scuff marks on circulation issues and i modern coins it's the grade that counts.

 

However ther is one thing i do like and that is US .900 silver coinage, not because i'm investing but i just like silver for the fact it's silver. It feels good and it sounds good when they're all clinking together. So i'll take US silver in any grade for my hoard. Washington quarters i had a few hundred of them on my last count. These however i don't collect, i just amass because they're a nice size, nice metal and are fun to throw around and mess about with building coin bridges and tower stacks what not.

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