tirsdag 17. januar 2017

A Collector’s Dream

Only geriatrics above the age of 60 collect stamps. Younger people, who were born with an e-mail account, do not use stamps. For them, stamps are an out-of-date archaic way of payment. Stamps are not fashionable collectors’ items. At least not in the frozen north. So what is?

The Age of Plastic Cards
How about coin collecting in The Age of Plastic Cards? In Oslo, Norway, there are at least seven purveyors of the metal bits we call money. Three of them have specialized in precious metal coins. Some of the coins are bullion coins, or in other words, investment coins. Coins, you basically buy as a precious metal investment. However, there are of course bullion coin collectors. Investors that combine the pleasures of collecting with the risks of investments in precious metals. But, when the shit hits the fan, these semi-collectors are always going to prioritize their precious metal investments.

A Real Collector
Then we have the true coin collector. Men that collect coins for the pleasure of collecting (nine out of ten are probably men with grey hairs). They collect any combination of coins you can imagine. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and quite a few “Rooster Coins” are already released. So, if you are planning to start an animal coin collection, you will have a lot to choose about. And, just to mention it, you might want to collect the 1-kilo coins.

However, if you decide to stick to precious metal coins. The production of collectable silver and gold coins are enormous. Leading producers are the Royal Canadian Mint and Australian Perth Mint. Their output of high quality collectors’ coins in precious metals are impressive. Other important Collector Coin producers are The United States Mint and the Austrian Mint.

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