While purchasing supplies at the 99¢ store today, 2/1/15, I noticed some pretty beat-up coins in the take-a-penny/leave-a-penny cup. Some were as green as the Statue of Liberty so I gathered them up and asked if I could buy them for face value. The ordinarily reserved cashier was surprised anyone wanted the messed up 15¢.
“I like old coins,” I said.
Unsatisfied, she queried harder: “Why do you like them?”
“I’ll show you next time I’m in,” I said, playing inscrutable.
But she looked so disappointed I conceded, “Because they look ancient.”
She smiled, paused, and offered “I’ll save them for you.”
Cheered by her kindness, I added “I think you’ll like it when I come back next time and show you why.”
When she handed over the change from my purchase she held up 1 nickel and said “This one looks old too.”
I can’t wait to share the advance author’s copy of my first book with her. And you!
KEEP THE CHANGE: A Collector’s Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency is coming this April.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, it contains 48 full-color professional photographs and plenty of stories explaining my passion for collecting distressed money. You can learn more about it at these 3 links: