Debbie’s theme for One Word Sunday, over on Travel With Intent, this week is ‘Old’.

I instantly thought of my vast old coin collection, which is photographed below:

I do have more coins in my collection, although it isn’t as vast as I made out. These are the oldest coins I have, which, all things considered, aren’t really that old at all. The photo I’m using for this week’s entry is the first one, which I’ve attempted to make look a little older using my Photoshop Elements program. I used the penny featuring King Edward VII, which is in the top left of these two photos of four coins.

It dates from 1903, which is 114 years ago.

I love links to the past, and always wonder the things these coins have come across or witnessed over the years. I think the same with old buildings and trees, and like to imagine them somehow recording events as and when they happen, so that we can un-tap their secrets with some future technology. I’ll be here in another life then, and hopefully will be at the forefront of this cutting edge technological research. I’d like to say we’ll see, but we won’t. We won’t know. Not now, but we may know more about our past lives then. Probably.

It’s funny, time. Isn’t it?

I’m always complaining I don’t have enough of it, objects from the past make me think of the future, as well as events of the past… so thinking about it, I really do have all the time in the world. I just have to think differently about it.

Incidentally, lighthouses seem to be featuring prominently this weekend, I featured one in my painting yesterday, there’s one on the reverse (or tails) side of the 1939 penny (this was actually introduced on the 1937 penny, but has been featured on earlier Queen Victoria pennies as well), and another lighthouse will be featured in the painting I’ll be posting shortly. Obviously, I knew of the two paintings, but not the lighthouse on the coin.

It’s good when things link together.

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Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

18 Comments

  1. Loved your coin collection.. My Dad would avidly collect coins and put them into special folders.. My brother inherited them all after his passing.. But he did give me on old Bun Penny which I have kept, specially wrapped up.. Its safely kept,, I can not recall its date unless I go find it, but he said it was worth something when he gave it me.. And he taught me alot about mint condition etc..
    Wonderful share Tom. 🙂

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    1. The Bun Penny is Queen Victoria, I think I read somewhere, Sue. I haven’t got one of those… but as you say condition is key.

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      1. It is Queen Victoria, and early one when she had her hair up in a bun, which is why Dad said it was more valuable.. I know the later ones she had a veil .

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  2. And what is it about lighthouses that are featuring in your life at present, I wonder. Pointing the way forward to the future – lighting your way ?

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    1. Guiding me forward, Raili, I would hope.

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      1. They’re good at that.

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  3. Maybe your lighthouses are showing you the way …. or warning you of danger. Hmm.. two sides to every coin. (Ha! see what I did there?)

    I too love links to the past. I have a small collection of very old postcards – some of them sent from soldiers to their sweethearts back home, and others sent from/to friends. They’re so beautiful.

    Great post Tom.
    ~ Cobs. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Cobs. Anything that links to the past has its own charm, I find.

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  4. My grandparents collected silver dollars. Now we give one to each new grandchild on their first birthday or Christmas. ( we are slowly giving out of silver dollars. LOL) Old houses are my thing. I would love to know their stories and it saddens me greatly to see one just left for time to do it in.

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    1. Oh, yes, they’re interesting as well. The older the better, Beverly.

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  5. Great old post Tom – you can really se the amount of use they have been through and can imagine what they meant to people. I love coins – they are absolutely vital to many people. They are objects of joy when you have them and despair when you don’t

    As for lighthouses, I love them. Often very graceful and they demand attention

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    1. Thanks, Debbie,
      As Cobs said earlier, two sides to every coin.
      I must admit to liking lighthouses as well, when I see them. Don;t tend to see that many here in Cheshire!

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  6. Interesting! 🙂

    I haven’t had any interests like coin, or stamp, collecting, only a lot of Video tapes, some of which hold fond memories!!! 🙂

    Hope you find one that’s worth a fortune dude!!! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. That would be mice, Prenin… bit like winning the Lottery, however! 😀

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  9. You have an amazing way of making the most unique and unexpected links between things! 😃

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    1. I just flail around and stumble across them, Icewolf.
      More interesting that way! 😀

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