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Hello all,

Been hearing about The Silver Forum for some time now from @Numistacker and @BackyardBullion YouTube channels and decided to join up.  I'm a collector living in NY.  My collection currently is mostly comprised of silver, but I'm looking to start incorporating more gold coins soon.

The Austrian Philharmonic series instantly caught my attention and sparked my initial interest in coin collecting- having played in concert and symphonic bands since elementary school as well as working in a music company for many years, they just really spoke to me.  From there, I began looking for other musical series and ended up getting into Russian Ballet coins for a bit, among other things.

As far as bullion goes, I don't really have any other series specifically that I follow, I just frequently browse what is out there and if I see something that really captures my attention and it's a good deal, I pick it up.  I keep an eye out for limited releases or things that generate a lot of buzz and may go up in value over time as well.  Numistacker really sparked a great interest in Chinese Medals for me from many of his videos, so I've been looking more and more into those artistic releases.  I would like to learn more about sovereigns as I am interested in beginning to collect them but am basically starting from scratch.

For non-bullion coins and circulation coins, I still try to go for things that have precious metal content, as opposed to bronze, copper, etc, but I love old silver and gold particularly.  I shop for condition and eye appeal, but am also fascinated by the history of a coin.  Recently I picked up a 1722 Spanish 2 Real silver coin, and aside from a beautifully detailed design for its age, I found my imagination wandering thinking about how many people had handled this coin and where it may have traveled in the last 295+ years; there is a certain amount of fantasy in potentially holding that kind of piece of history in your hand, I think.

In any case, this is just an introduction and I'm afraid I'm already babbling.  I look forward to interacting and learning with all of you here.  Thanks, and best wishes to all!

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