Opinion

Coin Collecting

By Isla, Year 6, Editor

Coins. They’re a Global currency that we all (well, most of us) use everyday, and whilst technology is somewhat taking over the money industry, coins are still around and completely usable. But, that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’ll start with a bit of backstory;

Me and my sister play a lot of music. As in, a lot. I play Saxophone and Violin, and she plays Viola and Clarinet. This gives us the chance to do busking, so we’ve got into the habit of busking almost every weekend, given that we aren’t in lockdown. This actually makes a surprising amount of money. Each time we do it, we get close to $100, sometimes even more. This is a lot of money, and a lot of it is coins.

assorted coin collection

So, how does this relate to our topic? Well, earlier today I was looking for money in our coin jar (yes, we have a coin jar) and I saw an interesting looking coin from 1981! For reference that’s 40 YEARS OLD! Crazy. Apparently it was a 2c coin, which aren’t actually valid anymore, but it was pretty cool.

Then, I stumbled across a 20c coin from 1980. That’s 4years old. And the weird thing was, it wasn’t rusty, it was practically shining. That, to me, was even cooler, because it was usable. I also happened to find a 50c coin, again, shiny and new, from 1979. That is an entire 42 years old, which is probably older than some of your parents.

brown round coins on brown wooden surface

I’m not saying that you should keep every single coin you get. I’m not saying that you should treasure money and never use it. But maybe just take some time to appreciate how cool money is, how long it’s been around, how important it is. Also, we need money for robbers to steal.

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Isla, From Year 6, is the Editor of Kegworth Times.

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