The Backstory

Amanda's ACC HeadshotThe Alhambra Coin Center was founded in 1975 by my father and uncle, and remains a close-knit family business today despite its significant growth over the last 40 years.

I was about 8 years old when my father starting bringing me in to work with him on Saturdays, sorting pennies and the like.  In my teen years, I decided I hated coins and wanted nothing more to do with them — I had “real” jobs in other fields (the coin world is not the real world, let me assure you), expeditiously climbed the corporate ladder, and was generally bored out of my mind.

Throughout my fairly ordinary careers outside the shop, one constant remained: every Saturday I would work with my dad at the shop, driving 35 miles each way when I went off to college. I came back to work at the family’s coin shop full time for “just for a little while” in my mid-20’s.  A couple years and some soul searching later, I knew that this was the place for me and devoted myself to learning as much of the business as I could.

So it is that I find myself in a bit of an awkward place right now; when people ask how long I’ve been in numismatics, the answer is technically some 20+ years, but I’m hardly the expert that that length of time should signify.  Not a novice, yet a long way from a true numismatist, I’m squarely in the middle of the coin field and beginning my higher education in earnest.

I started this blog knowing that my audience is a very small but very passionate group of people: coin geeks.  Gold bugs.  Numismatists.

The ‘Hobby of Kings’ may not be the fastest growing past-time any more, but those of us who have the itch tend to have it pretty bad.  There are already a variety of periodicals, magazines, books, wikis, and websites out there that will address virtually any specialty you can imagine – and I subscribe to and read many of them.  The majority of the information out there is written for either the absolute novices who need broad overviews of the most basic of topics, or the true numismatic experts who are examining minutiae that reads like a physics text book.

My goal with this site is to be, well … not those.

I also just so happen to have the all-inclusive back-stage pass to the Coin Kingdom, as I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a well-known coin shop in the Los Angeles area.  This means I can regale you with behind-the-scenes tales of life on the road at local and national level coin shows, as well as shed some light on the mysteries of what happens behind the counter at the coin shop.

If you’re intrigued and follow My Life At The Coin Shop, you will get the insider’s glimpse of a junior coin nerd on her journey to becoming a fully-fledged numismatist.


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