One of the most popular hobbies in the world is undoubtedly the coinage of coins. Often it is mistakenly called a numismatics, but such a name is not entirely correct. What exactly is different collecting coins from numismatics? The Country of Soviets will tell about this.
Numismatics - this name is not a hobby, but a whole historicaldiscipline, which studies the history of coinage and money circulation. So the numismatist is not a passionate coin collector, but a person who studies them from a scientific point of view. And collectors of coins are more often interested in the rarity of a coin and its artistic merits, rather than its scientific value.
But not all collectors can be called simplecollectors. Often, a person who collects coins is also interested in numismatics, because most collectors try to learn more about the items that make up their collection, whatever they collect. True collecting is not a thoughtless gathering of different objects. It widens the horizon of a person and helps him become a specialist in the fields of knowledge associated with his collection.
It is very difficult to hold a line between numismatics and collecting coins. Collecting coins (numismatic gathering) - only one of the visible aspects of numismatics,In fact, this science is much wider and deeper than the usual hobby. And numismatists can be called only those collectors of coins that do not just collect all the coins in a row, just to replenish the collection, but are interested in their history and origin. At the same time, not every numismatist (meaning a scientist) will necessarily collect coins.
Often, collecting coins begins witha seemingly insignificant acquisition. For example, a friend from abroad sends an unusual local coin as a present. Or in a handful of small things, which gave the change in the store, suddenly there is an old Soviet coin. Such findings can awaken interest in collecting coins, which over time can grow into an entertaining hobby.
Usually new collectors includea collection of all the coins that come across to him indiscriminately, but in most cases, over time, collecting coins becomes more orderly, more narrowly specialized. For example, a collector may decide to concentrate on coins of a certain historical era or themes minted in a particular country / countries or unusual coins (for example, minted with errors).
A significant part of the collection is often made of coins issued in a small print run and dedicated to some particular event (collection coins). Usually such coins are issued by the state or individual banks, they are minted mainly from precious metals (gold, silver, palladium).
Collectible coins include commemorative coins and commemorative coins. Commemorative coins issue into circulation in memory of a particular event. Among other coins, they include miner coins, minted from the metal of the first gold in the river or just opened mine. Another kind of commemorative coins - gift coins. They were not released into circulation, but were given to various people in memory of some event or as an encouragement. Jubilee coins minted to commemorate the anniversary dates - the anniversaries of certain events. In most cases, such coins are nominal, but they are not always issued in real monetary circulation.
Collecting coins as a hobby has only one significant drawback - it requires significant monetary costs. Alas, the most valuable specimens for a collector are valuable and in the literal sense of the word. It is especially difficult to get rare and old coins.
At first, the high cost of this hobby may notIt is felt, because the initial collection is usually collected from coins received from friends and acquaintances. Then the collector "grows", begins to exchange coins with other collectors - but this "barter" also does not give an idea of the true value of coins. However, sooner or later the moment comes when the required coin can only be bought - and often for big money. There were even professional coin tradersThey made trade in rare and old coins their main source of income.
And yet, despite its high cost,collecting coins - an exciting and interesting hobby, bringing moral satisfaction and expanding the horizon. The only thing we can advise you is carefully weigh all the pros and cons when buying a rare or ancient coin and preliminary to find out its real market value, so as not to get trapped.