Well, you could always join a coin collecting club and find new friends there.
Or, if you like the company you already keep, you could see if one of your friends might want to become a coin collector right alongside with you.
So, how do you encourage someone else to become a fellow coin collector? Consider these 5 ideas:
#1 – Introduce Them To Topical Coin Collecting
Are there certain things that he or she likes? Maybe birds, sports, food, or boats?
Well, chances are, there is a coin that will satisfy their personal interests. You may be surprised at the enormous variety of subjects found on coins.
In fact, if you include foreign coins, you will likely find numerous coins that include images of their favorite things.
Consider picking up a current copy of the Standard Catalog of World Coins, by Colin R. Bruce to see what types of coins you may want to give to them as an initiation gift into the hobby of coin collecting.
#2 – Give Them A Coin Folder
Buy a coin folder designed to hold coins like recent Lincoln cents, Jefferson nickels, or Roosevelt dimes. Encourage him or her to fill the album with coins from everyday pocket change. It’s as simple as that!
Let’s hope they have some change to spare for this. But if they do, they will probably enjoy filling up that coin album.
Plus, it may just inspire them to become a full-time coin collector.
#3 – Take Them To A Coin Show
Do they like spending the weekend doing something out of the house? Then why not take them with you to a coin show?
This is an activity they may find enjoyable.
Besides, spending a day looking at the many interesting coins you two will likely encounter at the event may actually spark their interest to pursue the hobby of coin collecting.
#4 – Talk To Them About the Benefits Of Coin Collecting
They might consider coin collecting after you tell them about all the perks of joining the hobby:
- Discuss how much fun coin collecting is for you.
- Talk about how coin collecting doesn’t have to be expensive to still be fun.
- Remind them that this is a hobby that they can enjoy for a lifetime.
- And, of course, don’t forget to mention the investment perks that sometimes can be had with coin collecting. But be honest, too. Investing in coins never guarantees a return on the money.
#5 – Have A Coin Party
What’s a coin party?
Well, you simply have a social gathering based around the topic of coins.
Need some fun coin party ideas?
- Show the 1954 movie Three Coins in the Fountain. (Here are 5 good movies featuring coins and/or coin collections.)
- Play the famous Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston song Pennies from Heaven.
- Serve old fashioned penny candy.
- Give away low-grade Buffalo nickels or wheat pennies as party favors.
…You get the idea.
Theme your party around coins and coin collecting. Gather some friends.
It could be fun — and there’s no doubt you will attract at least one or two new recruits into this fun hobby!
- Coin Lingo: The Language Of Coin Collecting
- US Mint: Why Collect Coins?
- Coin Collecting For Dummies: Deciding Which Coins To Collect
- Coin Collecting Clubs
My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!