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02 May 2017

Daily Coin Thoughts

Coins | Alexyo?

Here is today's small idea/thought:

You never know where your 150+ year old coins have been. They could have passed through the hands of an important person in history, or have been lost in a ventilation shaft for 10 years, or maybe even spent on eggs!

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Kepi

Level 6

That is fun to think about! So many possibilities!

user_7180

Level 5

The possibilities are endless as to how many people in what dates and times they owned them.

Numinerd9

Level 5

Heck, that's what got me into the hobby in the first place, back when I was 9 years old! I found a 1941 wheatie in my change and my mom told me that was while WWII was going on - instantly, my mind was racing, thinking about all the things this coin had "seen" since it was made; the bug crawled under my skin and has been there to some degree in my life ever since! It's such a fun part of the hobby to just speculate as to who may have held any of the pieces of money we handle. I got to hold an Ultra High Relief 1907 Saint-Gaudens $20 one day - only about a $2.5--$3 million dollar coin, and one of the only ones that possibly Augustus Saint-Gaudens and maybe even Theodore Roosevelt may have held and inspected! (You've just got to love working at the Money Museum - so cool; love this place!!) I do have one Medieval-era European coin in my collection (that I read about somewhere) that was minted as part of a lot of silver coins made just for the purpose of paying a ransom for a group of people so they could get their king back; long story - I'll tell you one day if you ever come out to Colorado Springs for Summer Seminar! -Sam Gelberd, ANA Numismatic Educator.

Longstrider

Level 6

I do enjoy imaging who handled my coins and what the bought... Thanks!

Raye_0826

Level 4

Ohhhh, I just love thinking about that! Being a historian anyway, it's so fun to imagine who might have held these coins, and what they were used to pay for. (^___^) Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Alexyo?

Level 4

Thank you for commenting! You are a historian?

SpartaCuse

Level 4

Interesting thoughts for sure, had the same thoughts for a long time - These coins could have been a part of anything - a gift , a pay it forward, a pay off - just think about all the possible scenarios

Alexyo?

Level 4

Exactly!

Mike

Level 7

How about the widows mite. It's in the gospels. Is it possible one of the disciples or even Christ himself handled it to buy bread? Other coins I think about but that one can really get you thinking.

CoinLady

Level 6

Good thought. Did President Lincoln touch this Indian cent? And when you go back to the 1790s, did Pres. Washington handle these coins? You've given me a story idea!

Alexyo?

Level 4

Cool!

It's fun to think about who could have held the coins we can own. There are some coins that George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or even Jesus could have held. Thanks for sharing!

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

that is one of the most interesting aspects of coin collecting, what all of your old coins that are worn how many hands they have crossed who held them and what were they spent on. you never know you may have a coin that a previous president had in his coin purse and he spent it on something one thing led to another it is now in your collection.

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