I enjoyed reading the account by the "Easton Collection" owner of the ANA show and JRCS meeting, especially the account of the 11 year old attendee who collects bust halves by Overton. I had a similar experience at a show last weekend in Statesville, NC. I observed a boy aged 12 purchase a VF capped bust half dime from a dealer. The dealer was very gracious with the boy, asked him some questions, and told him to always make sure to ask for the "YD"? When the puzzled boy asked "what is that," the dealer said that is the "youth discount" and that many dealers will give it. He sold the coin for a nicely discounted price to the boy. I then asked the boy why he chose that coin. He gave a great answer about wanting something old, wanting history, and wanting something with good quality. He then showed me the coin and started describing its detail attributes. I asked what else he has collected, and he had a number of bust coins. And, by the way, he buys the coins using money he earns from summer jobs such as lawn mowing.
The story made my day. Since I collect dimes, quarters, and halves, I was able to show him a few interesting coins I had with me. And I made the boy a deal. I told him to keep doing what he is doing - that he will love it for life - and in exchange for that promise I gave him a duplicate half dime, in fine, that I had with me. I could have sold it to a dealer for $50, but giving it to this boy was the best expenditure I've made at a show in a long time. With that said, I issue this challenge to the readers. Just once in the next couple of years, if you see a kid at a show, take the same opportunity. You will leave the show happy. The hobby will be much better for it. And it will be something infinitely better to discuss, and infinitely more healthy for a hobby that has morphed from collecting coins to collecting pieces of plastic that describe coins, than something about how "on the 37th attempt [insert grading service name here] upgraded a coin from an AU55 to an AU58 (and its really neither) and isn't that grand...."