I am Carol James, and I’ve decided to create a blog because I’m passionate about numismatics and have pretty much no one to talk to about it. My husband is a scientist and will be a contributor on this blog, so in case you come across some complicated info, I’d like to let you know that he was the one who has written it, not me.
I’ll also tackle the matter of managing the requirements of an ever-growing family as we have two kids. For now, I’m a freelance digital marketer who spends most of her time with the children and occasionally posts an article here and there. My portfolio isn’t particularly impressive, but I’m looking forward to adding more pieces to it in the future.
Numismatics has been in my family for a very long time. My parents were both into it and had been collecting coins, notes, and medals for as long as I can remember. I know that typically, kids aren’t interested in this kind of stuff, but I’ve learned a lot from them while I was growing up so when I got to live all by myself, I decided that I would start my own collection.
These days, you can get your coins online from a broad variety of websites. Some are more trustworthy than others, of course, and sometimes amazing deals show up on eBay and it takes me a good deal of effort to refrain myself from taking them all up. One thing I can say is that it pays off to do a bit of research and find out as much you can about the seller. Look him or her up by the name and try to see whether this is a real person we’re talking about or the seller is simply using a pseudonym.
As for the value of the coin, it depends on many factors. One of them is the age of the coin, for instance. A coin that has been minted in the 18th century will obviously cost more than another that has been minted at the beginning of the 20th century. An additional detail that makes the difference between a pricier banknote or coin is whether or not it was available for a longer or shorter amount of time. This same rule applies in the case of stamps.
For example, Royal Mail UK typically prints limited edition stamps for various seasons, national holidays, British writers, and even favorite cartoon characters. Most of these stamps are available for as many as two to three weeks tops, which means that their value increases once they’re off the market. I have some friends in the UK and they’re kind enough to buy these editions and send them over to me once in awhile. Otherwise, it would be impossible for me to purchase all of them from the US.