My grandfather gave me my first Whitman coin album when I was five years old. It was for Lincoln Wheat pennies and contained about a dozen coins. I was immediately entranced with the information on a single coin to which I had never previously paid attention: year of strike, mint mark, tone, and grade. The empty spaces in the album were an open invitation and challenge to what became a lifelong adventure of discovery, imagination, and appreciation.
More than fifty years after receiving that first coin album, I realize that collecting coins and baseball cards has been as much about making friends, learning history, and developing organizational skills as it has been about completing a collection. I can still remember the names of my fellow students in the seventh grade who used to gather on the front steps of the school building every morning before the first bell to compare coin albums and make trades. I have probably made a new friend at every coin auction I have attended.
So if you have had a similar journey or just starting out, feel free to leave me a comment or send an email message. I look forward to hearing from you.