Yes, there are forums online for everything, coin collecting among them. But sharing your interests, no matter how strong and similar, with strangers in another part of the world is completely different from being able to discuss them with those you care about and those that are physically around you. If you’ve been into coins for quite some time, you probably know how hard it might be to raise someone’s interest into this fascinating hobby. Be it your friends, your grandchildren or your neighbor, use these tips to have them showing their coin collection to you in no time!
The people won’t be interested to see something if they have no idea what meaning is associated with it. Instead of running over to your friend and showing them the newest addition to your collection about which he understands absolutely nothing, tell a story or two when the time is right. If you like coins of specific time period in particular, tell a story about a famous ruler, about how the coins were produced and what was their status at the time. Describe everything in a way that would allow the person to picture vividly the life of that time period and help them understand how different it was from our reality today. You might be surprised how quickly they will ask you to show them once again that coin they didn’t have time to take a careful look at last time.
Discuss investment opportunities
While a big part of collecting coins is the sentimental value attached to them, another approach for a more practical relative or friend could be a discussion about the potential investment opportunities in coin collecting. And if you really know what you’re doing, you might get extremely lucky at some point! Don’t just tell them that coins can be worth a lot of money over time, but introduce them to the different aspects that go into deciding the value of a coin and how to determine whether a coin is real (as much as that is possible with a plain eye). When they know what they are looking for and how these aspects might increase in value in the future, they might be way more interested in procuring a couple of coins themselves!
Visit museums together
While this sound like a complete no-go with a person who has no interest in coins, if you make sure their trip to the museum is exciting, the effect might be completely opposite from what you imagine. It is on you to know pretty well what is in the museum and be able to tell that person stories and facts that they would have a hard time finding otherwise. Why is this particular coin from this particular period so important? How come there are so few of these coins left in the world? If you say things that encourage more questions, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the interest of your friend or relative grow in no time!