|I have been happily married to my wife Kim for 6 years now. She is a big part of “our” hobby and without her love & support my a** wouldn’t be allowed to buy coins. ( Her words, Not mine) LOL We met in High School but took different paths in life. Eventually our paths crossed again and have now become one
She helps me immensely in buying and selling. She likes the shiny stuff (Granny Bait) I like the old.
We have a son who is 15 but still has not gotten bitten by the collector bug, but absolutely LOVES FISHING as I do as well. He may end up collecting fishing lures, I seem to have lost all mine recently. After that comes his black belt and probably that’s when my fishing rods will disappear. : )
My main collecting interest is the 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents in the Canadian series. I will probably never collect the 50 cents and 1 dollars as the lower denominations are enough of a challenge to last a lifetime. My "big 4" that I am still seeking out are the 1859 in Brass, 1921 5 cents, 1858 5/8 10 cents and the 1906 Small Crown 25 cents.
I am also a variety collector and enjoy "the hunt" for new and interesting coins to add. There are wonders to be found out there without breaking the bank and, to me the hunt is what this hobby is all about. I do not set goals for myself in regards to what coin is next on my list but prefer to add them as they come. A lot of my most prized coins came to me by watching diligently, being patience and of course LUCK!
When I first began with collecting I wanted just 1 of each date but very rapidly realized that with all the major varieties that exist for many of the Victorian and Edward coins I would be far more interested in collecting the varieties as well. Around this time I became familiar with Hans Zoell and his works on Canadian Varieties and later Jack Griffin and the work he did with the Canadian Large Cents . I was given an autographed copy of Jack’s book “ Some Die Varieties Of The Large Cents Of British North America & Canada thanks to Ingrid Smith as well as Rick & Joanne Simpson. This book is amongst my most cherished numismatic items. I have also read some of Bert Kopper’s work that he started way back in the late 1930`s. Knowledge is Key to being successful at anything in life and the great works that these pioneers began inspires today’s variety collectors to look much closer at what would have otherwise been “just another extra”.
Through all my collecting I have been most interested in the 1859 Canadian Large Cent and its varieties. If there was ever a coin created to keep variety collectors eyes crossed and a puzzled look on their faces then this is it. There are probably over 400 varieties of Narrow 9 alone. I am finding that the most interesting challenge of the 1859 is not identifying all the Re-punched elements, or the punch space varieties that exists, but actually tracking the progress of the obverse dies as they were used. With the Obverse often being mated with as many as 6 or 7 reverse dies, it is very interesting to follow its life from start to finish. I mentioned earlier that I do not set goals for myself in regards to coins, however I must admit, that with the 1859 I have goals.
I hope to one day have every variety ever minted in 1859. I still have a long way to go, but will enjoy “the hunt” for a very long time.