The one souvenir you always bring home – without a second thought – is spare change — the coins in your pocket. You arrive home weary, discover the coins, and think (with annoyance) “what will I ever do with these now?” We tossed them in a little bowl and forgot about them. Each trip added more coins. Years and many trips passed. The coin pile grew.
We now have coins from 29 countries. Some of the countries no longer exist: USSR and GDR (East Germany). Many of the countries have adopted the Euro and so their old coins are useless. Still, they are fascinating souvenirs of trips past!
We started collecting the coins when our children were toddlers, and now they have grown and have children of their own. We never imagined these coins would become souvenirs for our grandchildren.
The coins will fill 4 little boxes, one for each grandchild. We’ll add a list of the coins’ countries too. It’s up to them to figure out which coins are from which country. Will they wonder why a loon is on the Canadian coin or the meaning of CCCP stamped on another coin? We like to think they’ll plot out the coins’ locations on their world maps and imagine traveling to faraway places with their newly found wealth.