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Presidential “Gold” Dollar Coins


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June 3, 2008
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I love coins. Whenever anybody puts a unique coin in my donations bucket I am very grateful.
I have a collection of the “state” quarters and now I am starting to collect the presidential dollar coins. I already got George Washington, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson.

State quarters

The oldest coin I ever got is a penny from 1917. I also got an Indian head nickel. Just holding these coins transports my imagination to times of yore – the ‘good ole days’ when playing the musical saw was a popular form of entertainment.

Indian Head Nickel

I’m not a real coin collector. For me, coins are vehicles for thinking about the daily life of the past. Like old-timie music, they’re little windows, in the palm of your hand, through which you could see in your mind’s eye what the person who held this coin long ago might have seen through their eyes.

1917 cent

I also have old subway tokens (replaced by the Metrocard):

old subway token Metrocard

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2 Responses to Presidential “Gold” Dollar Coins

  1. Coin Collecting on June 4, 2008 at 11:18 am

    That’s an incredible looking 1917 Lincoln Cent. Nice photography too.

  2. laurie on June 5, 2008 at 1:44 am

    wheat pennies are cool, too.

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