Collecting Coins is something you can pass on to your Children!
Did you know that coins have existed for over 2000 years? So it's not surprising that people eventually discovered coin collection as a hobby. It is called the 'Hobby of Kings' and is very easy to start. All you need is an interest in coins, a sharp eye, a place to store them (i.e. a box) and magnifying glasses. And it can be as cheap or expensive as you like.
Coin collection is not only fun but it can also be educational. You learn about the history and culture not only of your own but also of foreign countries. You can discover stories behind a coin by looking at the different designs such as persons, plants or animals.
Of course as a collector you want to buy and sell your coins. There are different possibilities such as auction houses, local coin dealers, local coin clubs, coin shows antique shops and of course eBay. You can find out about the value of the coins in price guides and coin catalogs.
Apart from coin collecting as a hobby there is also the scientific study of money which is called numismatics. Numismatics includes the study not only of coins but also banknotes, stock certificates, medals, medallions and token coins.
So, no matter how old you are, start collecting coins and you might build up a valuable collection which can be an investment or something you would want to pass on to your children. Whatever your reason for collecting coins is, it will be a satisfying hobby.