Monday, 13 June 2011

Loose Change

During a clearout, I came across a little collection of old pennies. Many are Victorian, and one is a hundred and forty five years old. Some are so worn they only display the date and the ghost of their inscriptions.

Just think what stories they could tell. The life they have lived and the changes they have seen. This handful of coins might have been a day's pay for a working man in 1860.

And fourpence ha'penny would have been the price of a pint of beer in 1897.

There's a ha'penny here that is completely worn smooth, no sign of any date or inscription. I wonder if it spent it's life being shoved?

(BTW, a Photographer's note. Lighting old coins turns out to be surprisingly difficult..)

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