I am helping a company create a list of the most popular hobbies in North America and am finding it extremely frustrating. I may have to visit a library and check out some back issues of American Demographics magazine to find some good data.
Here’s what I found so far online about just one hobby, coin collecting:
- Newsmax.com: American Numismatic Association had estimated that there were between 7 and 10 million coin collectors in the United States.
- Austincoins.com: Today, the US Mint reports there are 125 million coin collectors in the United States.
- Davidhall.com: The US Mint has estimated that there are now 60 million coin collectors in this country.
- Coinmaven.com: It’s estimated there are 20 million coin collectors in the US alone
- unt.edu: In addition, the mint sees 600,000 tourists a year at its Philadelphia and Denver sites and has a customer mailing list of 2 million coin collectors.
- cnbt.com: The Department of Commerce estimates there are 100 million coin collectors in the United States.
This is ridiculous. I wonder if everyone just makes up whatever statistics they want to make up. The only reliable and verifiable number might be the Mint mailing list of 2 million coin collectors.
This reminds me of the ridiculous information passed around (with no original source) about genealogy being the 2nd most popular hobby in the United States, second only to gardening. I have heard this fact tossed around for several years. No one has an original source. They just cite one publication after another who heard that this was the case.�Show me the original research on this. Otherwise, I don’t believe it for a second.