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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

See A Penny, Pick It Up

Because you never know what you will find. This story in the New York Times got my attention. It concerns a most unusual penny and might make you want to examine more carefully the handful of change you receive back from everyday transactions.

I tend to look closely at coins, although I usually save them up for a while and then sort through them, then hand them off to dad, who is much more knowledgeable about matters numismatic than I. He has collected coins for as long as I can remember, and I grew up enjoying looking through his coin collections and learning about mint marks, milling, elements used in coin making, and so forth. It is still a hobby both he and I enjoy, and I can't imagine anyone I would have a better time with poring over such minute details.

So, enjoy reading the story about that special penny, and take a closer glance at the coins in your pocket today. Who knows? You may be sitting on a conversation piece.


Edith Ann said...

This is such a great story! I loved it.

I, too, am fascinated with coins. I have all kinds of small containers stashed all over the place with coins of various curiosity. My children are going to hate me when I die. More stuff to dispose of...

I've got all of the state coins, and when the Texas coin was available, I set aside an unopened roll of them for the future.

I save the silver dimes and quarters, and I have a lot of the half-dollars and dollars coins. One Easter, I was probably 7 or 8, My grandmother put one coin in a plastic egg and we six grandchildren got to pick the egg we wanted. One got a penny, one a nickle, adn so on. My sister got an 1882 silver dollar. Many years later, we kind of shared the coin as it was in a holder and we wore it as a necklace.

Gee, thanks for the memories.

Sugar Magnolia said...

Edith Ann - you are welcome, and that is so cool about that 1882 silver dollar. That reminds me that one year, my mother acquired a 1924 silver dollar (her father's year of birth) and had it inserted into a silver belt buckle for my grandfather; he loved ornate belt buckles (no, we're not Texan at all, are we?!) and he was so proud of that belt buckle. He passed in 1992, and grandmother still has many of his special belt buckles, and that silver dollar holds a special place in a display case, along with his bronze stars and other army medals from WWII. It's funny how that coin story led me to think of the greatest vet I ever knew on Veteran's day. How appropriate. If he were here, I would tell him "Thank You" for my freedom. The best I can do is to tell other veterans the same and honor my grandfather. Thanks, Edith Ann, for jogging my memory here.

Edith Ann said...