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Hobby Horse

Students of Loyola School, Jamshedpur, enjoy a visit to the numismatics exhibition
on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad

Event: Loyola School, Jamshedpur, hosts its sixth philately-cum-numismatics exhibition on December 4 with 25 participants. No, no stamps or coins costing millions, but good enough for a visual feast

Eye-catcher: From Danish Krones to a grandfather’s collection, everything was here on display. Students from Classes VII to XII displayed their personal collection of rare stamps, currency notes and coins

Big buzz: Old-world charm. Flaunt-worthy hobby. Jackpot-in-the-making. That’s what old coins and stamps are for Loyola collectors.

“I saw dad collecting coins so naturally I was hooked. We have relatives abroad so I always ask them to bring me coins to add to the coin family. I've displayed 34 international coins, including Danish ones,” eighth grader Durgesh Nandan Sarkar says

“I love history so I love coins and currency. I have a collection of 30 international currencies. See, here are 1950s currency notes from Egypt and Re 1 Indian notes that are now extinct,” smiles tenth grader Rohitesh Toppo

“It is the age of emails, texts and plastic money. But some youngsters hold numismatics and philately in high esteem, as this annual display proves,” says Loyola School’s teacher-moderator Numismatics and Philately Club Leelavati

Last word: Refreshing to know that not all teens high on Facebook, tweets & email and texts think that dinosaurs used stamps. True, not all teens dismiss coins as chillar in the age of plastic or online cash


Printer’s devil

Antiquity, error or commemoration of historical event make coins or stamps rare

Costliest stamp ever

So far, it seems to be “Treskilling” Yellow. French-born US entrepreneur Armand Rousso bought the yellow Swedish stamp for USD 2,060,000 in 2010. Why? Because “Treskilling” Yellow is supposed to be bluish-green. In 1855, print error caused a small batch of stamps to turn yellow. Only one stamp is known to have survived

Coins costing millions

Valued at one dollar in 1794-95, in 2005 it cost USD 7.85 million dollars! Flowing Hair, US federal government's first dollar coin minted in 1794-95, became the world's costliest cash 210 years later. US Gold Double Eagle, Saint-Gaudens type, is another whopper. President Roosevelt ordered all gold coins to be destroyed during Depression, but few escaped the mint meltdown. One 1933 Gold Double Eagle sold for USD 7.5 million dollars in 2002! In India, a King William IV Two Mohurs was sold for Rs 11.5 lakh this year. And yes, the RBI is collecting our own ancient treasure trove

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