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What was your 1st coin? Do you still have it? Show a picture if you have one.

 

 

 

 

My first coin was a 1916 Walking Liberty. The coin was a gift from my late father. I've had it for 40 years and would not take anything for it.

 

 

 

 

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Well, I received numerous silver dimes from an aunt when I was very young, which were hidden away till I was a teenager.

My first real coin that I remember was the proof 1986 Liberty dollar and I will never sell it, not that I would get much for it!!

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The first coin I deliberately kept on the basis of its `collectable merits' was a dark toned gVF Victorian shilling (veiled head). Something about it captivated my attention. I was a lost cause and a lost soul after that. Still have that coin.

 

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Unbelievably, my first coin was found in the sand in Findhorn bay North Scotland in 1954....an Edward I penny. It was in VF and was the reason I'm now a numismatist! Sadly I sold it along with my whole collection in 1970 to purchase my first computer, a self build Sinclair.

I've returned to coins after retiring in 1986!

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You know, I'm quite sure everyone's first coins are the common "circulated" coins during the time :ninja:

 

*cough* As such, I only remember a pile of coins worldwide that my parents stored and hence that started me in coin collecting.

 

 

I disagree, it was the old coins that hadn't been in circulation for many, many years that got me interested. Why? Because they were different!

 

So as i stared at my VF 1887 Victorian Shilling as a small boy and though, wow this is actually Victorian, it's really over 100 years old, it's silver and you can't spend them anymore!*

 

That's what hooked me.

 

*I was incorrect on this as the year was 1990 and yes the shillings were still legal tender at the time. Unfortunately i didn't find this out until 1992. So many George VI and Elizabeth II coins i could have unloaded and bought sweets with.

 

 

Can't by a damn thing with them now... lucky to get anywhere near 5 pence for them.

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You know, I'm quite sure everyone's first coins are the common "circulated" coins during the time :ninja:

Not in my case.

 

In 1970, a silver 10 gulden commem was issued and I remember going with my mom to the post office (I was 4 or 5) and she got one for me and one for my brother.

 

It remained in my mom's money-box for some 30 odd years and then she discovered it and gave it to me.

 

So officially that was my first coin.

 

The first coin that I personally started my collection with must be a Netherlands 1 cent, most probably a 1948, as that was the only one that circulated in those days, with a different design (other queen, Wilhelmina). And as AEtheling said, one looks for and saves things that are different. I don't think I have that specific cent anymore, but I do still have the silver 10 gulden commem.

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I can not say what my first coin was precision. I do know that my great-uncle (who passed on his broad yet modest collection to me a few years ago) gave me a birth year Ike. Since my mother held this for me, I do not recall when exactly I received it.

The first coin that I kept of my own is more difficult to pin down. I would say it was either a wheat cent or an older Jefferson nickel from circulation.

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My first coin was probably one of these...

 

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Though I don't really remember.

 

 

Great Topic!

 

 

Tiffibunny your post got me to remembering my Great-GrandMother we had a blue bank bag full of the those,along with the halves and some other coins I don't remember. I asked my Mom what happened to that bag and got the " I don't know" but I have a feeling someone spent those coins.

 

Then the coins my Uncle gave me got us started into doing a little collecting.One of the ones he gave me was a Walking Half (Liberty).

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I'm not sure which coin I actually started my collection with, But this is the first coin I bought. I bought it when I was in High School from a kid that was in the coin club I joined back in the late 70's or early 80's. It was nice and shiny and the first indian cent I had seen. After doing some studying I realized the coin had been coated with some liquid to make it shine making it worth nothing. It taught me to learn about the coin before buying, so I have held on to it to make sure I don't forget.

 

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I don't remember my first coin exactly, but it would have been a Lincoln Memorial cent. My Dad and I would sort rolls of cents on saturday afternoons and while I'm certain that I have since upgraded and spent my first coin I still have the blue Whitman folder that it once resided in.

 

The first coin that I purchased for more than face value was a 1954D Franklin Half that my Dad pulled out of a roll on one of those Saturdays. I think I paid $4 for it, which was a lot for a 4th grader in the early to mid eighties. It was pretty ugly and I sold it back to him for the same price I'd paid withing a few months, but I still remember it!

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30 years ago, after a deal with another 8 years old boy I renounced at my Pif collection (French comics) and started my coin collection with one silver Hungarian 1 Korona 1915 and two dozens of european Cu-Ni coins. Then I've found some romanian coins at relatives...

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