I don't remember when I started it, but I have a decent coins collection. I don't travel that much but when after a visit to a country, whether for business or on vacation, I would save a few of the coins. Sometimes even the bills. Also, since I live in New York City, people from all over the world somehow cross my path, or more exactly, their coins got dropped and I found them. Sometimes I think the foreign coins were mistakenly used, or maybe even intentionally used, such as the case when the coin has lower value compared to the U.S. currency. I have a few coins that look like the dime, both in shape and color.
I also save coins related to public transportation, mostly subways and metro trains. Last but not least, I collect coins from arcade or similar businesses. Without much further ado, check out part of my coins collection below!
|Here I have coins from Fun Time USA, Six Flag Great Adventure, Chuck E Cheese, Museum of Moving Image, Crayola Museum, Strasburg Railroad Museum, as well as those pennies that got squeezed through some machine.|
|I once visited Chennai, India (aka Madras, India) on business. It was an interesting trip, diarrhea and all.|
|I visited Hong Kong twice. I love the coins with the wavy edges.|
Whenever I think about coins, I recall clearly the one time I saw a Vietnamese dong disassembled. It was some time after the Communist takeover in 1975, the government didn't have enough money to make quality coins. Someone showed me how a Viet coin, after some time underwater, had its tin foil layer removed to reveal a cardboard core. Or some material equally inferior. The demonstration simply stayed with me all these years.