Souvenirs of Change (no shopping required)

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.

August 2012

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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8 Responses to Souvenirs of Change (no shopping required)

  1. I wish I’d have kept all my old coins. The Spanish peseta was probably my favourite. The 5 coin had a limited edition World Cup 1982 logo on, and the 25 coin with its hole was great for making cheap necklaces. Thanks for sharing!

  2. LY says:

    I believe you can add one more country – Japan (the coin under ‘China’ is actually Japanese). So that’s 30 countries 🙂

  3. saramay91 says:

    This is such a great idea! I love different collecting coins too and it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one (plus I have somewhere to point to when my sister asks why I bother keeping them =) )

  4. stephglaser says:

    This is so true and such a good idea! I have a pile of coins, too. I love the visual you created. Thanks for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the “Travel Ahh…”

  5. This is a very cool idea! Other than the Canadian and Mexican coins that we come across every once in a while in the U.S, I have lots of Japanese yen from my trip there a couple years ago. An interesting thing about coins are superstitions associated with them. For example, the Japanese 5 yen coin is considered lucky because you don’t get one very often!

  6. Jessica says:

    I love looking at money from other countries. A friend brought me some beautiful paper bills from Morocco a little while ago, and it’s so cool to see something ordinary that’s so different. That’s a great present for your grandchildren!

  7. Nice post. I have a collection of coins that my dad started years ago when he started to travel and collect. Adding to it is more difficult since the introduction of the euro!

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