Home Hobbyist column from Nov. 30, 2015, issue of Coin World:
So much of what hobbyists do now is digital, from buying or selling
on eBay to viewing photos of slabbed coins in digital albums.
World since its inception in 1960 when I was 8 years old and
nagging my father to bring home rolls of cents from our local bank
whenever he cashed a check. I still have my penny board.
What I don’t have is assurance that collectors like me, age 60 and
older, will step up to promote the magazine and the hobby to younger
generations who spend more time looking at screens than anything else.
Recently I received a link to a digital photo of an oddball toned
coin in my collection, an American Eagle silver bullion coin with Lady
Liberty seemingly having “angel wings.” (Lately, I’m paying the
additional fee to Professional Coin Grading Service for TrueView
photos of coins in my collection because I can’t always visit my coins
at the local bank box.)
We have gone from raw coins in our palms, to plastic holders in our
palms, to digital pictures of plastic holders containing coins in
smartphones in our palms. We can bemoan the loss of the good old days
or do our part in recruiting new home hobbyists.
Please don’t confuse the emphasis on electric with the demise of
print or the lack of enjoyment for raw coins in our collections. In my
day job, I direct a journalism school and can tell you that hard-copy
magazines like Coin World are desired now more than ever. Each
print magazine in the digital era has to cater to Internet
opportunities, such as we enjoy with coinworld.com, checking regularly
updated values or reading the latest hobbyist news.
So here’s what I’m advocating:
1. Go online and view coinworld.com if you haven’t already.
2. Send a link to an article there to a younger friend, with an
3. Give back-copies of Coin World print issues to a nonhobby friend.
4. Follow your favorite Coin World writer or editor on Twitter.
5. Share your coins on Facebook.
6. Assemble a collection of inexpensive but special raw coins to
sate your need for metal in your palms, as I suggested in November
2013 in “Create a home coin box.”
7. Send digital photos of your favorite coins to fellow collectors
and brag about them.
You also might give a gift subscription to Coin World to a
young numismatist to keep the hobby electric.