More than just bright shiny objects
Human beings, it seems, are born collectors. We collect things because they’re attractive or interesting, even if they don’t have much practical function in our day-to-day lives. From the most primitive societies to the more developed and affluent cultures, collecting for its own sake is a practice that is thousands of years old, even though collecting as a hobby hit its stride in the nineteenth century in industrial countries.
Of all the types of collectibles, coins are among the most appealing for people of all ages and levels of expertise. There are several reasons coins have captured the fancy of so many people (genealogy buffs and otherwise).