Coin And Stamp Collectibles
There is a lot of Rearch involved when you start your Coin and Stamp Collectibles Hobby!
Coin and stamp collectibles are two of the most popular collectors items, with numerous collector clubs in existence around the world. While Coin collecting is known as Numismatics, Philately is the collection of postage stamp collectibles. Some of the popular categories under coin collectibles are, collectible American coins, collectible foreign coins, as well as Exonumia or token coin collectibles and Notaphily - paper money collectibles. Silver bullion collectibles are another popular category under Numismatics. Also there are no restrictions as to who can collect coin and stamp collectibles. In fact, even though some coin and stamp collectibles can get quite expensive, these hobbies are quite inexpensive, and within the reach of an average collector.
Stamp collectibles on the other hand, mostly involve collectible stamps - US as well as foreign collectible stamps. As a collector, you are required to conduct extensive research on the category of your choice, as these forms of collectibles are rich in details, which help determine authenticity. Due to the popularity of coin and stamp collectibles, there are several information resources available to collectors. Books, websites, online forums and collector groups, are just some of the sources that are open to collectors.
After you have some research under your belt, start out by visiting auctions and coin and stamp collectible shows. Here you can meet experts and discuss and share information on various topics, such a collectible American coins, foreign collectible stamps, or foreign collectible coins, or the lesser known Exonumia or token coin collectibles. Once you are familiar with handling coin and stamp collectibles, visit local coin shops, or antique stores, or even dealers who specialize in say, silver bullion collectibles. If you travel a lot then collect these items from different countries, as this will increase the value of your collection. If you don't, then request friends or family members who travel, to get coin and stamp collectibles for you.
But obtaining coin and stamp collectibles is not the only aspect of collection, as proper storage and maintenance is a must for these delicate items. In the case of coins, you will need to avoid exposure to air, direct sunlight and moisture, as all these can damage the metal. In the case of stamps, make sure the surface of the stamp does not come into contact with any harmful elements, as paper tends to break down over time. Keep it away from moisture, as that can damage the stamp. Hard-plastic holders are ideal for storage as they are air-tight and allow you to see the items as well. All these pointers will help you make the most out of your coin and stamp collectibles.