AS a teacher, my students often ask me questions when outside the classroom.
Collecting silver coins has been referred to as the ‘hobby of kings’.
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The questions are general, such as what my favourite colour, actor, singer, drink or food is, and about my hobby.
When I tell them that I collect silver coins, most of them are astonished. I get the same response when I tell people that I am a silver coin collector.
Another common reaction is people wondering why I don't stash gold instead.
There are many coin collectors around the world, and amazingly, silver coin collectors existed before people started using coins.
Many might not be aware that there are several silver coin collectors around, including in Johor.
Silver alloys and coins are believed to have been around before 600 BC.
Collecting silver (alloy bars, silverware and coins) could be among one of the oldest hobbies.
It is believed to have started with collectible items in the 14th century, and is often referred to as the "hobby of kings".
By collecting coins, you can learn how the designs of coins have progressed throughout history.
I also enjoy financial benefits as a collector as silver appreciates over time.
I started collecting silver coins in 2005.
I stumbled upon an article about the depreciation of bank notes and started panicking, thinking of the worst-case scenario.
The article went on to explain that the best way to protect one's investment was through a type of metal, the value of which would increase over the years.
To invest in platinum or gold was beyond my means. I then started reading up on silver and became fascinated with the various designs available.
Apart from buying silver coins for investment, I also enjoy it an interesting hobby.
To date, I have collected more than a hundred silver coins. The price of silver increased by 70 per cent in 2010. What started as a hobby has now turned into a business. I now collect, buy and sell coins.