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Started by brandm24, July 08, 2020, 12:21:11 PM
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Quote from: Figleaf on July 08, 2020, 08:24:07 PMMy reasoning is very similar, Bruce. I like to go for the story and the story goes beyond the coin, but let everyone find their own path. My escape hatch is tokens.Peter
Quote from: Prosit on July 08, 2020, 10:51:45 PMI think it comes from most Americans being somewhat isolated from the world and lack of exposure. Sure the rich have always traveled but not the majority poor. My Mom who was interested in coins might have seen 5 or 6 non-US coins in her life. Those would have been Canadian of Mexican. In Europe you can have 5 different countries in a short distance. No so here.When I was a young man I was a typical American coin collector. I was a member of a coin club of maybe 50 people and one collected world coins. Everyone thought he was peculiar or odd. I didn't consider non-US coins as real money. I couldn't spend it so it wasn't real. Everyone I knew felt the same. Beside we never saw any foreign money except the collectors that looked through the coin dealer's junk box.When I started collecting coins, if I collected US coins by type and collected the ones I could afford my entire collection would have been under 50 coins and that is the end of that hobby. Might have taken me a couple years.So if you wanted to collect coins and you collected US and didn't want it to end in a couple years you collected by date and mint mark.My interest in world coins happened over many years and was very haphazard how it came about. If a few events had happened just a little different I still wouldn't collect non-US coins.