Blind Coin Collector

It's another kind of fun to collect coins if you can't see them.

Taking Coin Photos

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Taking Coin Photos

I often find that it would be great if I could take pictures of my coins. Not for myself, but to post them on the blog to better illustrate what I’m writing about, or to show certain coins to others. So far, I have restricted it to what I really needed and asked my wife to help me with it. Well, to do it for me. This works, but just like so many things in collecting, I was looking for a way to do it on my own without help. In this post I will document the possibilities and limitations of creating coin photos, and my progress of starting from the idea to taking it to completion.
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Coin dealers and blind collectors – a tribute to Dean

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When a blind person walks into your coin shop, you can be sure: it will be a good amount of time spent, and little money made. But keep reading, there is more you get out of it. You get a loyal client, and you can be the one who makes a difference. In this post I will talk about what it means for the coin dealer to work with a blind person, and also show you an example through a great coin shop owner, Dean, who just passed away this year.

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Coin Descriptions for Blind People

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When you look at a coin, you can exactly see what’s on it. If you can see, of course. If you can’t, you can feel certain details. Maybe a head, a number, an animal. For those who can’t see, much of this information is unavailable.

But even if you see what’s on a coin, there maybe things which you cannot identify if you do not have the understanding of a given country’s culture.
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Currency Recognition for the Visually Impaired

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Ever since there is paper currency in the US, visually impaired people have come up with solutions to recognize their money, I recently wrote about how Blind people recognize currency when I discussed collecting paper currency. This week there was some development on this issue which I would like to shed light on. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is starting a pilot program to distribute currency readers to blind and visually impaired people, and the distribution to all people will start next year.
Is this good or bad? Does this mean that we won’t have accessible currency?
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Let the blind see: What’s on a coin, anyway?

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Post update: I will keep this post for archival purposes, but for the most updated information about this project, please read this newer post.

Though there is some information out there about what’s on a coin, it is rarely enough for me to really understand what a coin really looks like, I can only get a sense of what’s on it in some detail. But that’s changing today. I started a new project to have my coins described.

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Blindness and Technology

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This time let’s talk about something else, and put the coins aside for the sake of this post. I have received many questions about blindness in general, and about using technology as a blind person. It felt almost natural to me to talk about things which weren’t necessarily obvious. Such as talking about seeing something, or using the computer.

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Identifying New Coins

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Since we moved, I’m happy to observe that the mailman usually arrives before 9 AM. Often with new coins. And then the fun begins. I get to figure out what’s in the envelop. For other collectors, probably it is relatively easy. They look at it, and chances are they exactly know what it is. To me, it takes a little longer.

Today I got two envelops, one had one coin in it, the other had 14. This time I will tell you what it takes to figure out what the coins exactly are.

Kyrgyzstan series

I will give you a hint, 7 of the coins are on the picture, probably you can tell much faster what these are than what it took me.

Of course, there would be a very quick way around it: I could just ask my wife to describe the coins, read what’s on them, and I would place them into the catalog one by one, and I would write down the descriptions. I take the easy way sometimes. But other times, I don’t need to, or just like to challenge myself if I can identify all of them.

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Would you trade coins with a blind guy?

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Let’s say you have a nice collection of swap coins. You are keeping them hoping you can make some good trades and get some great coins you always wanted to have. Somebody offers you a swap, when you find out he is blind. Will you get the same quality, or you will be sending you nice coins to get some half decent ones in return?

I understand your worry when you get into a swap like that. If I knew about other blind collectors I could tell you how it works in general, but I don’t. So, this is how a trade works with me.
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Why date matters

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I have mentioned that I collect by type. Partly, because I cannot tell the date of a coin, so the same type of coin from 2002 and 2003 is the same when you touch it. In this post I would like to tell you why the date of a coin is still important.

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The Value of A Coin

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When you can’t see a coin, the value has a different meaning. In regular collecting, among many things, the value is determined by the quality of the coin. To me, besides the fact of how much I want a particular coin, the value is in how well I can feel the details.
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