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One Coin is Never Enough: Why and How We Collect Paperback – October 13, 2011
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About the Author
Michael Shutty, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at James Madison University. He has published more than 40 research studies on a variety of clinical topis in peer-reviewed journals.
An avid coin collector, Shutty admits to being "addicted, genetically motivated and obsessive" about the hobby. His primary collecting interest is Early American coppers, Morgan dollars and Spanish colonial cobs.
A resident of Middlebrook, Va., he has articles on collecting published in The Numismatist and Numismatic News.
Top Customer Reviews
This book covers three areas:
1) Mike's autobiography, It describes how he began collecting coins when he was a youngster in Japan.
2) How an interested neophyte might begin to collect coins, He describes a step by step approach that a beginner might use in order to save themselves from wasting time money and effort.
3) The mind set of coin collectors. Why they do it what is it that drives them to collect.
Mike intersperses these areas to move the book along and weaves the autobiographical with the beginning and the psychological together to give a sense of continuity.
The book opens up with Mike describing how he came to purchase a chain cent and the thought sand emotions that he felt when he was able to find one in what he felt was acceptable condition at a reasonable price. Later on in the book he describes how he began to collect coins when he found some nickels in his mother's winnings from a slot machine in Japan. He was intrigued by the differences in these coins and that sparked his interest in the whole area of coin collecting.
Attached to each chapter is a section titled "Getting started." In these Mike offers suggestions for the beginner. These include focusing on one particular era, or type of coin, Year of minting, or even one particular mint. He even suggests some ideas for collecting foreign coins based on a personal interest or connection you might have to that country. I believe that his suggestions are well thought out and explained.Read more ›
One of anything is rarely enough. Once you learn about the nature of what else is out there the natural tendency is to then compare and contrast your "one thing" versus the rest of "everything else". Coins are no different, and perhaps hold the tightest grip on the collective psyche of many a collector. Shutty's book is an excellent look at the "why" of coin collecting, more so than the "what" to collect. So many guides will outline the series or the value of a coin, but this book successfully attempts to place the act of collecting into the human context. Are you looking for a return on investment? Or does an object hold some special power over your imagination due to the minds eye as it attempts to conceive of where the coin has been, how it was used, or who has possessed it? If you have ever wondered, "Hey, why do I do this" in regards to your habit of stock piling coins, then I recommend checking out this examination pointed straight at the heart of the collector.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a long-term collector and psychoanalyst, I was intrigued by this book, but especially thrilled to find three references to an article I published on the subject 15 tears ago. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Scott Schwartz
I recommend every collector to buy it (you will recognize bits of yourself in it) and every non-collector to buy it also (you will understand how a collector thinks, recognize... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Sjaak Liebregts