If you are into collecting souvenir items, you’ll probably have fun starting a collection of military coins. Not only are they proof of being affiliated with the military, but they also symbolize the commitment and loyalty to serve the country. Some military coins are filled with history, especially those previously owned by military personnel who fought in a war or died for a nationalistic cause. And that’s when its value goes beyond that of a mere proof of being part of something or being in the military.
Finding these coins shouldn’t be a problem. There are many shops that you can try checking out. Some of these shops may be around your neighborhood. Try to check if someone you know is into this kind of hobby. He might be able to help you start your collection. He might even give you a few pieces to wish you luck in your newfound hobby. Most importantly though, asking someone you know makes you a lot less skeptical of the recommendations you receive. It’s all because of the trust factor that goes with knowing someone. Naturally, people are more trusting with the ones that they personally know for a long time already.
If you don’t know anyone who’s collecting these coins, try going to souvenir shops. Some souvenir shops carry military coins. You might find some coins minted post World War II or some dating as far back as pre-World War I. You will never know what you can find there until you get down there and try your luck. Expect that challenge coins created during the world war era are pricey. That is because you are paying for the historical value of these coins.
Another thing that you can do is ask someone who works in the military. Not all people are interested in collecting these coins, so you might come across someone who doesn’t give a hoot about them; try to convince him to give you these coins. Remember, that the coins you collected now may become collector’s items in the future and that’s when value soars high. Given the chance of keeping something that could become much more valuable, it’s definitely a smart move to start collecting military coins.
By searching the web, you will also come across information about such coins. You will be acquainted with some of the shops that make them. Try to locate a shop near your area and get its telephone number. Call to know more about their services. Of course, sending an email to inquire about their offerings is another good option. Asking for a free quote (if you already have a design in mind) is a must. What’s important is that you don’t waste time visiting them without knowing what to expect – whether in variety, quality, or price.
Most of the time, companies that make coins carry finished products but if there is a particular design that you would like to have, they can definitely create one for you. Most shops that accommodate made-to-order requests are usually those that manufacture the coins themselves (remember, outsourcing has become a common practice nowadays).
Aside from having your own coins minted, you could swap your existing ones with those you would rather have. Sometimes, you have more than one coin with the same design. You might want to offer that to someone in exchange for something that will truly add value to your collection. Since there are lots of discussion boards online that specifically cater to coin collections, finding a person to have trades with won’t be difficult.
With these tips and information on coin collecting, you’ll surely have your own remarkable set in no time.