Blind Coin Collector

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

Visiting the ANS

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I have been to New York several times during the past year, but for some reason, I could never arrange a visit to the American Numismatic Association. I either didn’t have time, or it wasn’t open when I was there. This time, my trip got scheduled so close to departure that I could only call the day before I left. I had no hopes, but never hurts to try, especially because this was something I really wanted to do. I got to talk with Emma Pratte, the membership assistant. I explained the situation, and she promised she will see what she could do. In a few minutes my phone rang: they can see me at a two days advance notice. I was lucky again. But what can I do, I always have to schedule my trips last minute.
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The Holy Grail of Coin Recognition – The BeSpecular App

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while probably know that the biggest challenge of collecting without vision is recognizing an unknown coin. There just isn’t a good way to do it alone. I need help. I was trying to come up with all kinds of ways of using technology to do this independently, but I couldn’t succeed. There are a number of shortcuts, but in most cases I need help from a human. While this hasn’t changed, I found a solution where I don’t have to bug friends and family, and I can get a coin recognized any time I’d like to. I found an app, called BeSpecular.

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Collecting in Toronto

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Canada 5 Dollars
Recently I got a new work assignment, I will be traveling to train how to make information technology usable for people with disabilities. So, you can imagine. It is not just a job or an assignment, this is something I am passionate about. Both the travel and the work aspect of it. I started in Toronto last week. And there’s no better way to spend free time than experiencing the area, and of course, adding to my collection.
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The Blind Friendly Coin Store

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I found the ultimate coin store, just perfect for blind collectors, too. It is called the Stamp and Coin Place. They are located in Washington State, but they sell online. It started when they mentioned my blog in one of their blog posts on Past and Present. So as it usually happens on twitter, I tweeted the post and thanked them for the mention, after which I got a complement about my blog. There the conversation started with Elizabeth, who appeared to have read my blog and understood my challenges as a blind collector. Fast forward, I have made my first purchase from them, but let’s see why.

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Collecting in Hungary

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I spent the last few weeks in Hungary, so I couldn’t miss the chance of getting some more harder to get Hungarian coins. I had many plans, but only a few happened, but I was still able to add to my collection.

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Why I Got an Old 10 Rappen?

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Against all my collecting habits and criteria, I recently picked up a 1921 Swiss 10 Rappen from the coin store. No big deal, happens to all of us collectors, but there is still something unusual about it. I strictly collect by type, and I already had a 1962 10 Rappen.
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200 Escudos – Treaty of Tordesilhas

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200 Escudos

Recently I got a new coin which is one of my current favorites, a 1994 200 Escudos from Portugal, commemorating the 500 year anniversary of the Treaty of Tordesilhas. I found it interesting that there wasn’t a particular reason for getting this coin aside from the fact that Portugal is probably taking the third place in my heart among countries. In particular, because I don’t really collect commemoratives, though there are more and more exceptions to this rule lately. However, there’s no good reason why I like this coin, I just do, and I think it is part of collecting.

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Collecting Paper Currency

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When I started collecting, I have collected bank notes, among many other things. The better question was, what didn’t I collect? It is a very interesting subject that I still follow today, but I stopped collecting notes.
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Which coin will I get next?

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Since I can’t have it all, ok, I don’t even want it all, I constantly have to make the decision on what will I get next. Mostly, anything works that I don’t have yet, but sometimes a little more goes into it.
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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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