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What Inherited Coin Has Been In Your Family The Longest?

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 Posted 05/26/2023  5:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hokiefan_82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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jewelry? well that was just dumb.


Don't you know it! I was 13 when my Granny Smith passed (yes, like the apple...). It was probably several years later when I'd asked my Grandma what happened to those coins, and she let me know about the "beautiful" necklace that one of my Mom's cousins had made from them...

One consolation was I now own my great-grandmother's camelback trunk. Though it was strictly forbidden, and we would have had our hides tanned if we'd been caught, I remember me and a few other cousins looking through it a few times when Granny was napping in her rocking chair back in the late 1960's. It was full of old treasures from her younger years including postcards and letters from the late 1800's, her marriage license from 1900, button hooks, old newspaper clippings, lots of trinkets, etc. And that pouch of gold coins. Of course, when I received the trunk it was empty but is still nice to have...
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 Posted 05/26/2023  5:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Petespockets55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My mother had a pair of 1850 era Cal. Dol. gold pieces that a relative brought back to the old farmstead (ca.1794) in Maine. Evidently, they were sailors but visited California and she thought they may have actually gone there for the gold rush.
She always told me the coins would go to me but towards the end (2015) she couldn't find them and I gave up on them so as not to stress her out. Well, two years ago my sister showed me some gold coins hidden in some linens she inherited from our mom.
Yep, she ended up with the Cal. gold "dol." coins.
(At least they didn't end up in a coat pocket at Goodwill. LOL)

I'll try to remember to get some images of them when I visit her next time.
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 Posted 05/26/2023  10:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm spamming my own thread, but this 1771 Skilling Danske makes me curious. It's my oldest inherited coin, but how long has it been in the family? Almost any European coins circulated in the colonies, but I don't know for how long. It predates my 1835 25c by more than 60 years. I do have direct ancestors through the previously mentioned g-g-grandfather that go back to the Revolution and beyond (to the 1630s) so it's possible it originated with one of them. I probably won't ever know for sure.

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 Posted 05/26/2023  11:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hokiefan_82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, that's a great one, kbbpll! As you said, you'll likely never know but still a very interesting piece to have been carried down through the generations.
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 Posted 05/26/2023  11:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hokiefan_82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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At least they didn't end up in a coat pocket at Goodwill.

@Petespockets55, I know that happens more often than we think, whenever houses and belongings are being cleaned out after someone passes. It's good the coins were found and stayed in the family...

I'll look forward to seeing some pics of the California gold when you have the opportunity!
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 Posted 05/29/2023  12:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I'm spamming my own thread, but this 1771 Skilling Danske makes me curious. It's my oldest inherited coin, but how long has it been in the family? Almost any European coins circulated in the colonies, but I don't know for how long. It predates my 1835 25c by more than 60 years. I do have direct ancestors through the previously mentioned g-g-grandfather that go back to the Revolution and beyond (to the 1630s) so it's possible it originated with one of them. I probably won't ever know for sure.
Very interesting!
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 Posted 06/04/2023  09:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cipster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mine is a 1921-D Morgan that my Mom gave me when I showed an interest in coins at 10 years old in the 1950's.The coin was used in a piece of jewelry that my Dad bought for her when they were dating in the 1930's. You can see the notches on the reverse.

It has very little $ value but has huge sentimental value for me.



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 Posted 06/04/2023  09:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice '21 D Morgan. Sadly, there are no inherited peices in my stash. I'm counting on pushing a small subset of my stash forward...when the day comes.
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 Posted 06/04/2023  10:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Unfortunately the coin I inherited does not qualify for this thread, because it is not a US Classic or Colonial.

However it is one of the Worlds scarcest (not rarest) and most beautiful crown sized coins:
1894 German New Company 5 Marks with Bird of Paradise reverse, in about EF45 condition.

The coin originally belonged to my wife's grandfather, and was acquired by him when working as a Christian missionary in Samoa, at the time when the coin was struck.


I also have another interesting crown sized coin, given to me by a Christian missionary, which was acquired by him when working in Potsosi (Bolivia) in the 1960's.
The coin:
1808 8 Reales, Ferdinand V11, condition about VF40.

Both coins will remain as a future inheritance
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 Posted 06/04/2023  11:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@sel_691 I didn't intend to restrict it to US classic/colonial, as you see I posted a Denmark coin. I looked up your 1894 5 Marks, very lovely design and quite expensive. @cipster Nice romantic connection! I also received a 1921 Morgan from grandpa (or grandma?), I imagine it was probably saved from circulation since it was the first dollar coin minted during their lives, and the last Morgan.

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 Posted 06/10/2023  9:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jfransch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My grandfather, born 1888, gave my dad born 1916 an 1854 Arrows at date quarter when lost his first tooth. I was born 1955 and got the quarter when I lost my first tooth. My son born 1989 got the quarter when he lost his first tooth. Coin is in a holding pattern waiting on the next generation when it will pass to my first grandchild ( don't have one yet)
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 Posted 06/11/2023  01:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add adam126402 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
We are relatively certain that this coin (1831 Riksdaler) was brought to the US when my great great grandfather emigrated from Sweden around 1842.

He was a coin collector himself and passed down a large collection that ended up being split four ways with my paternal grandmother receiving 1/4 of the collection.



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 Posted 06/11/2023  12:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Those last two stories are very cool.

My brother has this 1804 Half Cent, from the same grandparents' pile. I suspect it came via the same ancestor as the 1835 25c I posted earlier, but we'll never know who exactly.
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 Posted 06/11/2023  1:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfamind to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How about a story about what could have been. My grandfather, an avid collector, had to liquidate a purportedly complete Indian Head cent collection (for around $40) in the mid-20th century to fund a trip "home" to the Midwest from his new home in the Appalachians. (He made the trip at least once with each of his four children.) Although the IH cents were mostly pulled from circulation (he was born in the 1890s), it would have been interesting to see the key dates. On the bright side, other parts of his collection were passed down to his children and beyond.
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