In San Luis there are few history of people or institutions that are dedicated to numismatics, the study and collecting of coins and tickets, among other things.
Federico Borgeaud, son of Silvina Chávez and Leonel Borgeaud, is a 24 -year -old and one of the handful of passionate to this discipline who began to weave when Marco Polo undertook a trip to China in the thirteenth century and there were the first references of the references of the paper money.According to the story, there were cardboard, wood, leather, crochet fabrics, rice paper and even porcelain.
Federico says that his hobby started as a child, when relatives who had traveled to Europe brought him as a gift coins that he treasured in a bottle and then put them in a neat folder."That was my beginning in this catchy world of numismatics, which takes me for many hours of my life, but I do it with passion," he prides himself with counting.
"Every day I was more interested in the subject,".I had many coins, but one day I changed them for tickets;I like more, especially those of Argentina and Germany.Today I still have Roman coins and the ancient world, which are very beautiful ".
According to him, about twenty people from San Luis, Merlo and Villa Mercedes make up the handful of numismatic fans in the province and revealed that the youngest in the group, Nicolás Ortiz, is 12 years old and is very interested in continuing to learn.
For years, billboards on the planet did large businesses, until little by little they disappeared due to technology.Collecting is no stranger to this and to have the knowledge of the veracity of a currency or paper ticket, the necessary collections had to be taken.
On this point, the Mechatronic Engineering student in one of the faculties that the National University of San Luis has in Villa Mercedes clarifies: “In the case of the coins, you have to know how they are coined and the blow they have, if they are moltenOr no, it is known if it is true or false.Over the years one becomes an expert ".And it emphasizes that to detect fakes in tickets, special knowledge is required."The falsifications usually occur in the highest value tickets, which in some cases reach five hundred dollars or more," he says safely.
Although at another time of the talk, Federico admits that neither the most seasoned collectors are exempt from falling into the trap of the counterfeiters."There a numismatic buy, in good faith, a ticket or several to add them to their collection and spend years until one day, unexpectedly, a ticket with the same numbering appears.Only there, the buyer detects that his purchase has been false.You have to be very careful and experience not to make mistake when buying, ”he says.
The SanLuitan collector is aware that "there are very old and extremely expensive coins that are not very easily found.The few in existence are demarcated by the passage of time or salt water, which is removed beauty for oxidation.The only coins that are preserved in an almost unique state are those of Gold ".
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In relation to their preferences, he points out that the product of wars, Europe, especially Germany, was obliged to broad."That leads me to study and look for their true origins.The same goes for Argentine tickets, there are many and very scarce to get ".
The young man acknowledges that he prefers to buy and sell in San Luis."Here we are very few, the SanLuiso chooses to collect coins, that is easier, you do not have many expenses and finally your things do not leave the province.In addition, because one fond and gives pity to get rid of ”, accepts.
But its market rank is much broader.“I buy tickets from contacts, known or abroad people.Houses dedicated to numismatics have very high values and it becomes difficult to carry out an acquisition.In general, those businesses dedicated to activity are in Santa Fe, Córdoba or Buenos Aires.It is not complicated, but sometimes I look and then decide.It is best to do it in a particular way, ”he launches part of his recipe.
For Borgeaud, it means having all the folders in order and neatly filed.“I dedicate a lot of time, I need to sit calm, inform me, read and learn about the Argentine and German tickets, which are my passion, according to their designs and filigree.It is a very nice hobby, but that requires a lot of knowledge, that forces you to read and study permanently to do it well, ”he says.
Relaxed, remember that between 1985 and 2006 in the country, bonds of different denominations and values were issued, and that the provinces that did the most were Salta, Tucumán, Buenos Aires, Catamarca and Jujuy.
“San Luis also did it, but something very rare happened, because they are not found.They left in 2003 and identified the monument of the farms.They were 2 to 50 pesos;Those bonds are very expensive in the market and rare to find, they had little circulation.But someone has them, they can't disappear, ”he exclaimed.
He tells that not long ago, in Buenos Aires, a foreigner paid for a bonus of San Luis nine hundred and fifty dollars, when in the catalog it had a value of one hundred and fifty.
Federico states that there are books dedicated to collecting bills and coins.Héctor Carlos Janson wrote about Argentine coins;Roberto Bottero did it on national tickets, and then there is a book of more than 2.500 pages, the Gold Paper Money Coin International, which makes a worldwide compilation.
The young Puntano considers that numismatics is his ground cable, it is the escape to his daily problems.Read a lot about history, but more than everything feels like a passion."In the world there are millions of collectors.We don't have that culture, but I think we are on the right track.Whenever I can, I'm ready to buy or sell ”, guarantees.