Why Collect? - The Best Answer. in News From the Home Office. A blog by Brian Wolfe Posted February 2 As a kid, I was a coin collector. That continued into my young adulthood. While posted to Berlin in the early 1980s, my wife and I would often visit the flea markets and I would pick up a few coins on every trip. One day I purchased a Hindenburg cross and and 1870/71 medal. At the time, I had no idea what they were, but thought they would be good souvenirs of time spent in Berlin. As we traveled around Europe, I gradually found it more interesting to pick up an old military medal at flea markets as a souvenir of visiting different countries rather than coins. Slowly this grew to deliberate searches for particular medals. Gradually, I found myself buying fewer and fewer coins and more and more medals. The rest is history (or an obsession).