A numismatist is a collector who collects coins from various countries and eras. This is one of the most widespread types of collecting; there are millions of numismatics lovers all over the world. A similar hobby became popular in Europe during the Renaissance. And in the 18th century, Professor Johann Heinrich Schulze became the first scholar to regularly lecture on coins.
- One of the most famous numismatists is Art Cole Geersey. He became interested in collecting at the beginning of the twentieth century and collected about 1, 000 coins. Quite a bit, even some schoolchildren can boast of a lot more coins in their albums. But, the fact is that Art Cole Geersey collected only the rarest coins. Suffice it to say that the "cheapest" exhibit in this unique collection cost about $ 15, 000.
- A resident of one of the villages of the Novgorod region also has a good collection of coins. But, she did not buy them at auctions, but found them in her garden during agricultural work. Among the finds, there are even 2 kopecks from 1927. Collectors estimate such a coin at tens of thousands of rubles.
- German scientist Christian Martin Frent is considered one of the founders of numismatics in Russia. In 1807 he was invited to teach at Kazan University. Here he became interested in collecting coins of the Golden Horde. Three years later, when the contract expired, Frent decided not to return to his homeland, but to stay in Russia forever.
- Even representatives of the royal house of the Romanovs were fond of numismatics. For example, the grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich, owned one of the world's largest collections. The coin catalog alone occupied an entire cabinet. In 1909, he wrote a will, according to which, after the death of the prince, the collection was transferred to the Russian Museum. But, fate decreed otherwise, in 1919 Georgy Mikhailovich was shot, and the collection ended up abroad. Most of it is currently held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
- A young guy from the USA could not even imagine that a dinner in the most ordinary cafe would enrich him by several thousand dollars. In change, he noticed a 5-cent coin issued in 1912. It turned out that such coins were made in a small edition and are highly valued by numismatists.
- American Bruce McNell became interested in collecting coins at the age of 8 when he was presented with an album. Over time, the hobby grew into a serious business: Bruce not only collected coins, but also gave paid consultations to numismatists. In addition, he is the owner of a large coin shop. And the total cost of his collection is estimated at two hundred million dollars.
- Economists believe that numismatics can be not only a hobby, but also a means of investment. The value of coins, especially rare ones, is growing every year. This means that such collecting allows you to save your money from inflation.
- And where there is a lot of money, there is a desire to appropriate it. For example, two years ago, a 100-kilogram gold coin was stolen from a museum in Berlin. This is the Great Maple Leaf coin issued in 2007 by the Royal Canadian Mint. According to experts, its cost is approximately 3, 700, 000 euros.