I have been an EAC member for about 7 years I think, but have been pretty silent, which is not an indication of lack of interest, but more about other time commitments.
I became hooked on American coins from my father, Herman Abernathy, when I was a kid in the early 1950's. He was a date set collector of all varieties (except gold) and less interested in condition. When I inherited his collecton I had not seen it for years and immediately gravitated toward large cents. I have his original notebook with entries for values and prices in the 1940's and 1950's which seem unbelievable in comparison to today's prices. I have sold many of his other coins to buy better grade examples of large cents and half cents. I recently took the plunge into colonials with the purchase of a pine tree shilling from Chris McCawley.
Though I am at an age when I should be considering selling my coins, I am hoping one of my kids or grand children will get the bug and will continue to improve on what I have collected. With limited funds since retirement I can only purchase new coins when I can sell something else. Anyone want to buy a mint condition 1953 MGTD?