Have Coins Ever Brought Back Memories For You?

Posted on May 4, 2012 by

Sometimes, all it takes is one little item to remind you of a significant moment in your life. 

At the time I was about 7 to 12 years old my father would  take any unusual coins that he received in change, and he would then place them inside a red sock.

Over the years, he accumulated a small coin collection of Wheat Cents, Buffalo Nickels, Roosevelt Silver Dimes, Kennedy Half’s, Eisenhower and Susan B. Anthony Dollars.

 Although, the coins were not worth a significant premium, they were still worth something to my father, or at least, enough for him to go in his closet and dig for his red sock and insert any unusual coin every time he got one in change.

I will admit, coins at times have brought back memories for me. Sometimes, when I see a circulated or worn Eisenhower or Susan B. Anthony Dollar, they bring back memories for me, going back more than 20 years.

Have Coins Ever Brought Back Memories for You?

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Comments (9)


  1. I remember at the young age of 3 dad handed me a silver dollar. I held it in my hand, but he took his large fingers and positioned the coin so I was gripping the edges. He told me not to get fingerprints on the coin. I am almost 42 and have never forgot that lesson.

    Good articles about coin bring back memories!

  2. Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, I too learned that early on that when I handle coins in circulation, I tend to unententionally hold them by the edge even though they are worthless. But, i guess its a good thing. 🙂

    Thanks again for sharing your comments.


  3. Owen says:

    When I was about 13 or 14, in a penny-ante poker game, I gambled away a standing liberty quarter that was, at the time, worth about 40 cents. I lost the pot and my quarter. Now every time I see one, I have a brief pang of regret, and I’m reminded again why I don’t gamble any more. A cheap lesson that has stayed with me!

  4. Hi Owen,

    Thanks for sharing that great personal experience with us. And yes, sometimes something so small or inexpensive can leave us memories.

    best wishes, jaime

  5. Lee Campbell says:

    I grew up in the 1960’s and 70’s and my dad, who is currently 89, had several coin collecting albums. For decades he maintained the habit of going thru his change hunting for coins to place in his albums.

    Last summer my dad wanted to know how much his coins were worth so I took him to a local coin collector shop. The collector offered to pay him over $500 for his silver coins … which brought a smile to my dad’s face. In the end, he couldn’t sell his collection since he had owned the coins for so long.

    Taking him to the collector’s shop that day reminded me of my growing up years. I would look at his albums from time-to-time searching for new additions. It was always fun to see another coin added to his collection.

  6. Hi Lee,

    Thank you for sharing that wonderful experience. I can only imagine the smile in your dads’ face when his coins that he picked from circulation were worth a premium after all these years. Many of us collect primarily for the fun of it but when we find out that our coins are worth a premium from what we paid, it makes us even happier. Thanks for sharing this great story.


  7. I am 51 years old and I have been collecting coins the whole time. I have a box of coins from different countries in Europe before they became European Community. The most exciting collection that I have to this date is owning the 1967 Lincoln MS67RB. It has only 1 pop in it’s kind that I didn’t know exist. The other collection is all the pocket changes that I put in my jar and collected them and stored them away. I think it’s time for me to check them out and find out their value.

  8. BRUCE A. WILLEY says:

    My great grand father handed my grandfather a shiny new 1921 Morgan on the 6th of December, 1921 upon the birth of my father. My grandpa made a little stand for the coin and I recently gave it to my oldest grandson Nicolas. I love that coin!

  9. Tony Davis says:

    I recall being about ten years old, shortly after my grandfather passed away, and being handed a box of coins by my grandmother telling me that my grandfather wanted me to have them. I remember seeing strange coins (at the time), such as Mercury dimes, Standing Liberty quarters and Indian Head pennies. I thought that the coins were going to make me rich one day. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet, but the memory hasn’t faded a bit even though I was given the coins 30 years ago.

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