I’ve always been fascinated by coins. Saturday I went to a Coin Show. Ten rows of tables displayed gold coins, silver coins, coins from other countries and samples of paper money in use before I was born. Gold coins gleamed, and so did the silver. The ones that were not so shiny had less value I was told. When I asked about cleaning dull coins, a dealer said that would devalue the coin.
Unlike today’s money, all the paper bills were green, and some were much larger than the ones we use today. I asked when those were used, and the man displaying them told me the U.S. government started printing smaller bills to save paper around 1928.
When I was a kid, my father showed me a ten-dollar gold piece. He explained that he couldn’t use it to buy anything because it was against the law to use after the United States went off the gold standard.
Now gold coins are collectors’ items or bought as investments. Some have fancy designs, such as the Australian Kookaburra bird. I discovered gold and silver coins from other countries. I searched for ones from Peru because I mentioned sols were used as money there in my novel, Romancing the Gold.
Luckily, I found a five sol piece for $.50 and bought it to display at my next booksigning, which will be after I speak on writing in viewpoint at the NOLA STAR’s Writer’s Conference on March 6 -7.