I've written a number of articles stressing the importance of gaining knowledge by asking questions. Reading numismatic books is necessary, but not everyone who knows a great deal about coins, and has valuable information to share, has written one. Coin collectors are fortunate because enthusiasts and many dealers are quick to share their knowledge and experiences with others. Much of this important personalized communication can't be found in books.
The Canadian Coin Reference Site offers an exceptional opportunity to expand your numismatic knowledge at an incredible pace. And what you can find available on the Discussion Pages is often current and very usable information, some of which is not available elsewhere. To mention only two of many notable examples, once inside the Search, typing the name George or rs coins will instantly acquaint you with experienced numismatiststhat have shared an amazing amount of knowledge with collectors. And this is just a good place to start! Please don't leave me and click the Search! These guys are great, but I have more to say!
One of the best places to ask questions and learn quickly is at coin shows. In my opinion the CCRS Discussion Page is like attending a major coin show and it is available 24 hours a day. This information is so valuable because it contains a mixture of facts and opinions. Reading the entire thread under each topic allows you to quickly gather many points of view and most often a consensus of opinion. I've never read any book on coins that approaches the subject in this way.
The database on the Discussion Page is constantly growing with fresh information added daily. In many ways, Search is like being handed a publication filled with the latest news and views.
Unlike many other numismatic sites I've visited, accessing information on the CCRS Discussion Page couldn't be easier or more efficient. For example, I typed in the words "proof coins" and seconds later was looking at a list of well over 100 active sources of information. In my view, someone who knew nothing about proof coins could review all of this information and become well informed in a matter of hours. Maybe it no longer takes years to become a knowledgeable numismatist.
In conclusion, let me tell you about a really neat feature. After clicking on Search and viewing the information under the topic of your choice you can then reply to specific messages or ask further questions. What a deal!
If you're interested in learning and having more fun with your hobby clicking Search on the CCRS Discussion Page will accomplish both things in a hurry!