“One coin was really dark and he explained that it was a lead quarter. The authenticity is becoming a big thing to me. We are getting a lot of counterfeit coins from China. One thing I don’t understand is why our government isn’t doing more to prevent this,” he said.
Oddities are another thing about coin collecting that Whatley finds fascinating.
“You need to ask questions when you go to a coin show,” he said. “Odd coins like 3-cent coins and 3-cent nickels can be seen. I also like mercury dimes and buffalo nickels.”
Whatley said for those who have never been to a coin show, it’s a good experience and could peak someone’s interest to start a new hobby. He said it can get expensive, especially if someone is collecting gold coins or specializes in the hunt for a certain era like Civil War currency.
“Exhibiting is all about educating,” he said. “The power of history is to ignite the imagination, stimulate thought and shape the future.”
Members of the Stephens County Coin club will be available to offer their numismatics knowledge.
“That ‘numismatics’ is a big word for the study of coins,” Whatley shared. “We are working to increase our educational programs.”
The group, which has more than 60 members, meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Red River Technology Center.
— Toni Hopper is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. She can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 132 or by e-mail at: email@example.com.