A Johnstown, PA Memeber
Hello everyone! My name is Matt Yohe and I am your Region 8 Chairman. Like many, I started filling Whitman Lincoln Cent albums as a young 'un. My grandfather was instrumental in cultivating my interest. By and by I graduated to early 20th century classics, Buffalo nickels, Standing Liberty quarters and the like. I dabbled briefly with $5 Liberty gold but that got too expensive fast.
Throughout my collecting, I never enjoyed uncirculated coins. They just didn't have the character and history of a well circulated coin. Couple that with my love for Colonial American history and it was inevitable that I migrate toward early copper.
Nowadays I specialize in New Jersey coppers and Draped Bust half and large cents. Their designs and the numerous naked eye varieties should hold my interest for years to come. However, that doesn't mean I would pass up a Spanish cob or a Pine Tree if it came my way for the right price!