The idea of collecting currency is something with which almost everyone can relate. After all the collection of currency is an endeavor that almost all of us do on a daily basis. However, the currency collection hobby is about collecting domestic and foreign currency as a collectible and not strictly as a monetary unit. Whether the reader is a beginner in currency collecting or has been doing it for years here are some ideas of themes that can be used to for a currency collection.
Perhaps the most common form of currency collection in the United States is the collection of Confederate Money. The Confederate States of America produced currency during the Civil War as well as the individual rebel states (and towns and banks). Confederate money has had rapid gains in value over the past few decades with this popularity but there are still affordable bills to be purchased.
An often overlooked area to those new to the currency collecting hobby is American paper money itself. While everyone is familiar with the commonly circulating Federal Reserve Notes, there are also many other types of American currency to collect including Silver Certificates, Gold Certificates, Demand Notes and many more.
One of my favorite themes to collect is currency from countries that no longer exist. In recent decades there were scores of countries that ceased to exist and their currency can still be purchased rather inexpensively. Some of these recently departed countries include East Germany, West Germany and the Soviet Union. Collections could also be made from the countries created such as the unified Germany as well as Russia and the several other countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.
The development of the Euro was an exciting event in the currency collecting world. The new monetary unit offered an entirely new currency (and coins) to collect. A collection of first year Euro currency is a great set to collect. Once that set was completed a currency collector could start to gather a set of the last year of each individual country’s currency that was replaced by the Euro.
Collecting currency produced by Nazi Germany is another popular theme. Nazi currency is collected not only by those interested in currency but also World War II. Currency from Imperial Japan as well as areas occupied by the Germans and Japanese could also be collected by those interested in World War II history. The currencies of North and South Vietnam and Vietnam as well as Korea and North and South Korea would also be an interesting currency collection.
The good news is that the currency collecting hobby is for everyone and does not have to be expensive. The currency of many countries is of little value and can be quite inexpensively purchased. However, there are certainly many collectible currencies that are quite rare and valuable. Whether a collector wants to spend a lot of currency or not on their currency collecting is a matter of choice and interest.