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Thankful for this Hobby

By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist

Author: Brad Ciociola / Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / Categories: Paper Money of the Week

Certainly, the week of Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on the blessings in our lives. Right now, more than ever, I think everyone could use a pause, a chance to appreciate all the things we are thankful for. As I sat down to try to write a currency blog that ties into the Thanksgiving holiday, one idea was very obvious. I’m thankful for this hobby and all of the opportunities it has afforded me.

You may or may not know my background. I grew up the son of a lifetime coin and currency dealer. I feel as if I didn’t really choose numismatics; instead, I guess it chose me. I was a collector from a very young age and my dad always fertilized my budding collecting interests by giving me neat coins or notes that came his way, or a scarce date to plug a hole in my album.

As I grew older, however, the last thing I wanted to be was a coin and currency dealer. I saw it as an enjoyable hobby but nothing more. By the time I left for college I had attended hundreds of shows helping my dad and I was convinced that wasn’t what I wanted. However, fate had other plans and by the time graduation came I found that my path was less clear. Dad was there to nudge me into pursuing a career in numismatics; he had laid the foundation for me and I was ready to build upon it.

That was a little more than 10 years ago. I have been with Stack’s Bowers for nearly seven years and I am incredibly thankful for this wonderful hobby we are lucky to share. It has provided me with numerous remarkable experiences, introduced me to scores of fascinating people and helped me create lifelong friendships. Very few people are fortunate enough to turn a passionate hobby into a career. More than anything I’m thankful for my dad who dragged his young son to coin shows all around the country and taught him everything he could. Without him none of this would be possible.

Happy Thanksgiving!