I been collecting for over 20 yrs. Update 5/13/16 I have become a more focus collector thanks to new ideas such as buying grades coins now Iam working on a Certified set of ASE, Franklins in MS and Proofs also differnt set that just caught my eye like Anv. Pennies and Westward Nickles to name a few I don't collect much from the mint anymore focusing mainly on Graded coins. I find coins at shops, from fellow collectors ad online. finding that good deal and the history behind the stories that can be told its all part of the coin.