The Collector’s Edition

Recently we had an oh-so-formal birthday party invite of an year old. Well it was a fun party but a bit formal since it was husband’s boss’. Once the wives were introduced to each other and left to chat up, the gentlemen promptly made way to the bar.

I met a fellow momey who had taken a break from flying to look after her then 2 year old son’s growing needs. Now comes the interesting part – she is now working as a freelance educator for Cuemath. It started with her trying to explore new learning channels for her son, but soon they approached her to become an educator herself.

With ‘screen time’ becoming a major pet-peeve for all parents these days, engaging in alternate education methods made a lot of sense. After I came home and pondered more about it, I started to think, what were the things that kept us occupied in our childhood when screen options were practically zilch.

I recalled how ‘collecting’ was big with us. It was engaging and informative both. Collection of currency, postage stamps, books, doll sets, scrap book memorabilia and what not.

They say coin collecting is part all – art, science and history. You don’t have to aim to become a Numismatist. That may require in-depth academic knowledge of currency. Collection can be done purely as a Hobby. There’s always the advantage of knowing about the country where your collection of coin or paper currency comes from. Matching currencies with countries used to be a regular question in my GK test papers J Knowing coin’s worth in home currency, ease of getting it, can help unearth the value and joy in collecting. There’s a fair bit of history hidden as one takes note of year of making of the coins, symbols inscribed in designs, metals used, thereby telling about the era it represents.

There are ranking systems also used by pro collectors but its definitely advanced and not a pre-requisite to enjoy being a mere collector for hobby. It is also an interesting game between enthusiasts to trade your surplus coins. Trading adds to the collection and it can make you earn when higher value coin is traded for lower value.

There are moments of joys and jealousies as we form a little group of enthusiasts and compare our collections. If a friend managed to get a currency before it would be a big disappointment. But a dime more in our kitty and we would be on seventh heaven J

Those were good ole’ days. Even now I have a bit of interest in collecting coins which I am determined to pass on as a hobby to my lil one. So long as it keeps the screen at bay, it would be worth his while.

Back in the party, once our glasses arrived; the chit chat slowly gave way to some great music and food. I had a heck of a time myself.

Happy New year lovelies!