Is anyone else collecting the USA State Quarters?
For those of you not in the USA: In 1999 the US mint started replacing our normal quarters with a different quarter for each state. We have 50 states, and each year 5 new quarters are released.I'm not a coin collector, but since about ten to fifteen dollars worth of quarters pass through my hands every time I use the public laundromat, this seemed like a good hobby to try. It was unlikely I'd have any trouble finding the quarters I'd need. I'm also terrible at geography and I secretly hoped that by collecting state coins I might get better at this subject by osmosis. (For what it's worth, that hasn't happened!)
I've kept track of which quarters I have and which ones I still need, but I didn't have them in any kind of album until the other day when two albums I'd ordered arrived from Amazon.com. I spent a couple of days sorting through my quarters and pressing them into the appropriate slots in my nice neat new little books, and I learned a few things from this experience:
- Pressing coins into cardboard slots makes your thumbs hurt.
- Pressing coins into cardboard slots makes your neck hurt.
- I have a lot more Philadelphia minted coins than Denver minted coins (the coins in circulation are minted in those two cities. The collector's coins -never touched by human hands- are minted in San Francisco.)
- Sometimes it's really hard to see if your coin has a P (for Philadelphia) or D (for Denver).
- Albums are a lot heavier when they have quarters in them.
- Filling in the last quarter of a row of previously empty round slots, results in a curious urge to yell "Bingo!"