KING OF HOBBY s
What are your hobbies?- One of the first few questions one would ask a stranger in a chat room or a new friend…And the immediate response would quite obviously be watching TV or listening to songs. Seems the present generation spends most of their time either before the idiot box or with their i-pods…Some do both at the same time(multi-tasking ??). Hmmm…seems the next generation could well be a generation of “couch potatoes”. Children..these days are spending their time passively(either as a mere spectator/as a dumb listener). An active pastime is not in their menu of ‘things to do’. The question I often ask myself is…have we forgotten or is it that we’re fed up of what is known as the King of hobby - Coin collecting (Numismatics). Coin collecting can be very fascinating and interesting once you get into it. Once you get acquainted…I bet you’d be infatuated and soon start loving the art called coin collecting.
Coins are great teachers… They handle different subjects such as History, Politics, Economics and Sciences. It were the coins from the Indus valley that gave great insight about our ancient civilization besides pottery and other tools.Studying coins can teach us lot of things we’d never find in the text books.For instance, take the Indian ten paise coin. The oldest 10 paise coin one could find would be in the size of the present day one rupee coin. As years passed.. the size of the 10 paise coins minimized. The last set of ten paise coins released were the tiniest coins you’d come across and can easily be mistaken for a shirt-collar button. Now.. What does this suggest?.. This suggests…in fact defines a complex economic term called Inflation,the price-rise, the depreciated value of the 10 paise coin. National leaders, important moments in the country’s history.. say tails and you can know about it.
Coin collecting can also be played as a competitive game. Starters can form a community of amateur coin collectors and can compete with each other in collecting rare coins that comes to you during circulation.Exchanging petty foreign currency for rare Indian coins was one of the ploys I used successfully during coin exchanges. Sharing knowledge on each other’s collection in the community can be such a wonderful experience.Couch potatoes!! drop that remote control of yours and start looking for coins.. you can earn a life out of it!
HARI PRASAD .M, III Year, B.E., St. Joesph’s College of Engineering
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