Is it possible for there to be a hobby that makes stamp collecting look sexy? If so then coin collecting probably fits the bill.
I kind of understand stamp collecting – all the different pictures, shapes and sizes, plus the old fashioned romantic idea of letters bearing these stamps travelling round the world in the days before email. But, to me, coin collecting just seems somewhat dull in comparison.
The Ladybird Coin Collecting book was first published in 1976 and therefore covered British coins up to the then new decimal currency. As well as detailing lots of British coins up to decimal the book also talks about coin collecting as a hobby. There is talk about the different grades and conditions of coins and how to care for and store the coins that you collect.
Coin Collecting also talks a bit about the history of coins and the concept of money instead of bartering for good and services. The book also looks at what coins can tells us about a country in terms of who the king or ruler was at different points in history, and also what items (famous people, animals, plants or birds) may be important to that country and they often also show emblems that are particular to that country too.
I find it fascinating to look back at some of these old Ladybird books on hobbies, from the Learnabout series in particular, and wonder if they look as old fashioned when they were published. It would certainly take a certain kind of a geeky child to go for a book like this today, but I wonder if that’s just the effect of all the modern day distractions that our children have and if it would have been more popular back in the 1970s when first published. Or maybe coin collecting was just as dull then as it appears to me now!
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