When Anthony Bongiovanni, Sr. was a teenager during the 1940s, he saw a three-cent coin in the window of a coin store in New York City. Fascinated by it, he bought it for 50 cents. That started his lifelong passion for collecting coins and paper currency, particularly from Long Island. He eventually started his own coin shop, which evolved into Rocky Point Jewelers. With his family's help, he runs the shop, which still sells coins and currency. His son, Anthony Bongiovanni, Jr., who also collects currency, said he has been "actively collecting Long Island notes for close to 40 years." . . .
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