A Brief History of Coin Collecting

Custom Coins by Pinsource
Custom coins are among the main types of items we offer at Pinsource. These coins are used for a variety of reasons: commemorations for years of service, giveaways at trade shows, fundraiser items and more. Perhaps most of all, however, these coins are created by organizations or companies to attract collectors who are constantly looking to add new pieces to their collections.

This should come as no surprise; coin collecting is one of the world’s most common hobbies, and it has been for thousands of years. People collect coins for far more than their monetary value; they collect them for their artistry and uniqueness as well.

A quick Google search indicates that the collection of coins for their artistry dates back to ancient Rome and medieval Mesopotamia, a time at which scholars and treasurers collected coins and catalogued them according to their history, value and artistry. Caesar Augustus himself was known to have a collection of rare and exotic coins that he would show off and give to friends on special occasions.

Coin collecting really took off as a fad during the 14th century and the Renaissance. Nobles began collecting coins from a wide variety of eras, and it remained a common hobby of upper-class people throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Soon, however, the hobby grew from being a symbol of class and an appreciation of artistry into a more studious endeavor, with categorization of the coins becoming more sophisticated and complex.

As the middle class began to grow in America and across the world, members of this new caste began to collect coins as well, in hopes of showing themselves as being as sophisticated as members of the upper classes. The practice grew even more in the 18 and 1900s, with collectors beginning to add foreign coins to their collections as well as rare and antique coins. Soon, a variety of coin-collecting organizations, conventions and regulatory bodies began to pop up.

Those organizations have continued to evolve over time, and today, coin collecting remains one of the world’s most popular hobbies.

The coins that we create at Pinsource might not have the same history as many of the most sought-after coins that collectors search for, but they are often developed with collectors in mind, which makes them part of this long and fascinating history.

Contact us today if you’re interested in making your own custom challenger coin.