There are some great stories posted. I have enjoyed reading them all.
I, too, started as a stamp and coin collector during the late 1960s, when silver was still seen in circulation, along with the occasional Buffalo Nickel, usually dateless. I was aware of paper money as dad was a bank teller around 1950 and pulled a few of those large size notes out of circulation when they were presented for deposit. They were mostly $1s and $2s, 1899 and 1923 series but he had the good sense to pull out an Indian Chief and a Bison. I was fascinated and started to accumulate a few lower grade colonials and obsoletes, but still was mostly a coin collector. I was a dealer in coins during the 1970s and 1980s and took a job with Christie's in New York in 1986, organizing and writing auction catalogs, and travelling on appraisals. I had developed a fair overall knowledge of paper currency by then, but the cataloging of Christie's consignments, particularly the obsolete currency in the archives of the American Bank Note Company as well as the 15,000 or so obsolete notes from the Western Reserve Historical Society insured that the currency used between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War would be my specialty. I still retain an appreciation for other types of currency and have nice little collections in most of the other currency specialties, too. Thank you for the fun contest, Joe.
Buying, Selling Currency and Sharing Knowledge-Especially Obsoletes.