Greetings! Hope you had a great Holiday Season and that you received a numismatic book or coin from Santa!
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Dave Stark, a pharmacist by trade, but a numismatist at heart. By numismatist, I mean a student of coins. I love to study coins by die variety, by how they were made and the societal history of the times. I am a member of the ANA, INA, Ames Coin Club and Early American Copper (EAC) clubs. My main collecting interest is Middle Date Large Cents (1816-39) by die variety, but also am working on Indian head and Lincoln cent collections. By participating in clubs and groups of your interest, you learn more and are lucky enough to associate with great collectors. People are what makes this great hobby even better. As I progress as president of the INA, you will hear and see me preach the old adage of "Buy the book before the coin". Learning why a coin looks the way it does (die variety, cracks, cuds, errors), why the date/mint mark is rare (or even why it was made in the first place), or why the price is so high (supply and demand), is knowledge most others do not have. That leads to "knowledge is power" and to a richer appreciation of our hobby and sometimes at getting a real bargain! My mantra will be the old Tiger Cub Scout motto - "Search, Discover, Share". Search for your interests and coins for your special collection, while looking for new, undiscovered facts to add to the body of knowledge. Discover what you are looking for and identifying new information. Share those findings with others - exhibit, give talks, mentor a new member. So join, participate and enjoy.
President, Iowa Numismatic Association