Saturday, August 13, 2011
Money and metals....
I have a few heavy handfuls of foreign coins. Old ones, valueless as money now the Euro is king in that part of the world. I bought them by the pound on E-bay, and used them in class as tokens. I'd reward something done well by paying the student with a coin, which they could later use to 'buy' points on a test. After a year of doing this, I found many of the coins were not coming back, as the students would rather keep the coins than get the grade boost.
So.... I've got some coins laying around.
The other day, working at my jewelry bench, I kept glancing at this brass three pence slug. It was nibbling at my thoughts as I worked, until finally I incorporated it in a piece. Using a piece of silver ring shank too short to make a 'real' ring, I found a different way to use it on the coin.
Now, I have a ring built from a brass three pence coin, minted in Great Britain in 1939.
The thought going through my mind? This coin was money... and then it wasn't. One day it could be used to buy something, and the next it had more value as a chunk of brass than coin of the realm. One moment, it represented somebodies hard work and labor... and the next moment it didn't.
That is sobering thought.