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Hmmm....guess I'd classify myself as a pathetic wannabe. Too frugal to buy anything rare or valuable and unable to concentrate on any particular series or type. Never sold anything and tend to buy in spurts. I'd like to leave a nice collection for each of my children someday, so I guess I still have some time. After all, I'm not dead yet.

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I still don't know what to call myself. I'd like to say numismatist, but I don't think I have enough experience or knowledge to call myself that. I am in college, so I can't afford a lot of the coins that I really want.

For these reasons, I think of myself as a "numismastudent". That's why I joined this forum, I figured I can learn as much as I can now about numismatics and later in life when I can afford to spend more or invest more, I will have the knowledge and experience to do so.

I've only been a member of this forum for about a week or so now, but I feel like I've found a treasure trove of information. I've enjoyed reading through the archives of posts and looking at all the different topics.

 

Thanks to all of you for creating this site.

 

-Scott

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I like being a numismatist. I like knowing the how's and why's of coin minting. The errors, varieties, the histories. I like knowing the answers to questions. I am not so much a collector as I am a resource. And if I had more resources I could be a collector again :ninja:

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I am currently in transition. For a long time, I was a generalist/hoarder, and tried to collect everything, starting with the cheapest stuff I could find. I have finally refined my collection to the point that I think I can say I am a specialist. I have committed myself to staying focused on just one thing, but then both of my ex-wives had me committed at one time or another, so it's not unfamiliar territory for me. As I fill out the few holes I have (in both coins and banknotes), I am going back through the albums and looking for possible up-grade candidates. I would like to eventually have a complete set in EF and up. And in the mean time, just to cure that insatiable urge to have something new, I am venturing into stamps. At least for now, they are much more budget-friendly than what coins I need.

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I hope to be a Numismatist one day, but right now I have so much to learn that it is almost overwhelming. I do know what I like, well maybe I know more what I do not like than what I do like, so there are a few items that I have ruled out. Like American small cents, those little copper disks just do not do anything for me. Now Peace Dollars, now those I like! And I like a lot of darkside stuff, Canadian, German, Austrian.

I hope to always be a student, because that would mean that I am always still willing to read :lol: and listen and learn. That is why this place is so great, because you can learn here!

 

Now, on a side note, sorry to hear that your ex wives had you committed Kuhli :cry:

I hope it was a really good facility and that they had good meals there, and you was not in there long either time! :ninja:

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Do you think of yourself as a collector? Hoarder? Investor? Dealer? Seller? A combination? Specialist? Generalist? ??? ? A little introspection. :ninja:

 

I have pretty much appropriated the term 'Hobbyist' for myself. I collect specific series, I hoard a little, I buy some stuff that doesn't fit in any series. I rarely sell and don't speculate much at all any more. I am into the hobby for the enjoyment and fun I get out of it. I don't buy much that I ever sweat over. It is prety much solely a leisure activity for me.

 

 

Fairly accurate description of myself, thank you Stujoe! For the past year I have been doing a major organization of all my coins which has used most of my time. Thus the study of the hobby has been at a minimum. As I am closer to having all my coins organized, I hope to appropriate more time in that direction.

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  • 10 months later...

I would say that I am a Enthusiast of the hobby. I just purchase what I see and like. One day I may be buying Panda's the nexted day I may be buying World Coins. It all depends on my mood and what I see a like that day.

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Farthing Fanatic!!! :ninja:

 

Plain and simple

 

Although.......

 

I am a converted hoarder, who sold most of the hoard to fund the farthing habit!! ;)

 

I also class myself as a student numismatic researcher (sounds very professional!!), because this is the bit I love the most ;)

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