11 May 2020
In this collecting project Paula Hammond looks at the benefits of getting involved with the coin community and sharing collections and knowledge
For some, the thrill of buying something special and beautiful is sharing it. For others, collection-building is a personal passion which is both self-fuelling and self-fulfilling.
How you respond to imposed-isolation depends entirely on which camp you fall into but, whether you’re a sharer or a solitary soul, the collecting community has much to offer, and there’s never been a better time to join.
Coin-themed magazines, such as Coin Collector, are a great source of information, with newsletters and forums, to help you feel more connected in these trying times.
The Coin Community (www.coincommunity.com) is a friendly group where collectors share finds, swap, and learn. The NG Coin Forum (www.ngcoin.com) is especially good for beginners, but be aware that some chat boards are sponsored, and not all advice is impartial.
Normally, numismatic clubs are very active, holding regular meet-ups, lectures, and competitions. Luckily, in the digital age, lockdown is no barrier to socialising. The Royal Numismatic Society is the UK’s foremost society for the study of coins and related items (numismatics.org.uk) and runs digital events via zoom.
Check Facebook and Twitter for similar local/national groups and events.
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