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Collecting Antique Medallions

December 26th, 2012 Collectibles

If you've been interested in starting a new hobby, you've no doubt realized that there are plenty of things that would make a great collection. Whether it's bottle caps, rare coins or even hubcaps, as long as you're passionate about your hobby, it will reflect nicely in the presentation. Antique medallions are one option that could prove to be quite rewarding - there are plenty out there from years past and you can engage with an active and enthusiastic community of like-minded individuals fairly easily. If this sounds like something you could imagine getting into, here's a basic guide on how to get started, courtesy of Medal Collectors of America.

Specialist medal dealers are fairly easy to find and are your best source for finding new items to add to your collection. Check your local yellow pages and newspaper for advertisements and keep an eye out for numismatic shows coming to your neck of the woods. Medal collectors tend to set up shop at these events, which means you should have no problem finding one and talking about your hobby.

Roger's Study recommends joining a medal collectors club. This is a great way to engage with fellow enthusiasts and learn a few things about the hobby. Search online to see if there's one in your area.

Also note that, unlike coins, there's no real standardization of pricing. This means the best way to learn about how much items are worth is to jump right in and see how it works out. Be wary in your first purchases until you have a better idea for how much antique medals are valued for and you should have no problem becoming familiar with the practice.