by C.G. BHARGAV
All of us have heard these words. These words open doors
to a magical world full of riches.
A few days back Mr. Walter had recounted his experience when he was eight years of age.
In the year 1959 when I was ten years old, I visited my grand-father's house in Coimbatore in India. He opened a bag full of about 100 to 120 one rupee coins. These were
the coins minted in the British era before India became an independent nation. They were all silver coins glowing in the dark village home. My grand-father threw a coin on the floor to show the characteristic sound of the silver coin.
I became interested in numismatics and silver and two years back when I met my uncle, I asked him about the silver coins and whether he still had any of them. Alas! The coins were no longer available. He said that they had been melted and made into silver vessels. Since the coins were no longer legal tender it was okay to melt them. The craze for silver vessels and jewelry of Indians made those invaluable coins and pieces of history being lost for ever.
Three months back I came here to the US and was amazed at the beauty of the American Silver Eagle coins. I am very much delighted by the beauty of these coins and will be taking a few coins with me to my country.
I envy the people living in the countries like USA, Canada, Mexico etc who are able to purchase these coins as and when they like, as much as they like.
I told my son-in-law and daughter who live here about this wonderful opportunity and they have started buying a few coins every month.
Let us resolve to save a few coins every month which will prove to be a "Open Sesame" to the future generations of our families.