Several days staying home because of my sickness.. I remembered I have coin collections, which I have abandoned.. Scattered in many different places. I made pictures of them, so that I could keep their memories with me.. a prevention if perhaps something bad happened to those coins.
I started to collect coins at early age, from my high school, when I found one rare coins of Indonesia, 1 rupiah coin. Then not for a long time, I found one full box of Chinese old coins, a heritage from my grandfather. This excitement, finding one to another made me keeping those coins as collection. Too bad, my father sold my collection, when I went to college, since one money collector was interested to mine.
However, my ‘coins collecting’ habit started again when I traveled abroad. During my master’s degree I collected coins from my friends from many different countries. So far I have collected coins from: Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Srilanka, Botswana, Ethiopia, England, Philippines, Korean, Denmark, Hong Kong, Thailand, Columbia, Venezuela, America, European Union and of course Indonesia. I am still excited to collect many more from other countries like Japan, Australia, and many others.
The coins from European Union (EU) are interesting. Though EU countries have one currency-Euro, each country issued different figures according to the country’s symbol, tradition, or character. For example, Germany has the figures of German eagle, Brandenburg gate, etc. Italy has the figures of Roman Colosseum, a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci (the golden section), etc. Ireland has the figures of Celtic harps, a traditional symbol of Ireland. All coins of Netherland show picture of Queen Beatrix. Belgium also depicts King Albert II, while Austria has Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on its coin.
These coins reminded me of friends who have given them to me. Watching them, I got amazed how every country had unique detail and character on its coin. They can have many different shapes, sizes, colors, and figures.
The new Indonesian coin (rp 1000) is looking great, compared to the light 500 rupiahs coin. At least, our country should be proud to have coins, because not every country in this world has coin as a trading tool. Laos, for example, right now only has bank notes and no coins in the Lao Kip circulation, due to the economic toll of the Soviet collapse in 1991.
Well, bank notes are also interesting, but to me coins will last out through times. Collecting coins also doesn’t take large amount of space to keep them. That is why I love coins 🙂