Sometimes, it can feel as if it’s hard to talk to younger generations about the past, finding connections with which discuss history without it coming across as boring. If you’re looking for a way to commemorate your heritage and pass it on to your loved ones, coin collecting can be a way to leave your mark on your heirs and give them a way to engage with your life.
Curate a Collection of Coins
Modern coin collections can hold many different types of coins. There are all types of coins minted that celebrate different topics, from birds to military service. Your coin collection can incorporate all types of occasions from your past to tell your story. Coin collections don’t have to be just one coin repeated over many years. By curating a special collection from your life, you can leave a legacy for your family. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- 2005 Canada $5 End of WWII 60th Anniversary – this coin remembers the ending of the war in which Canada played a vital role. Maybe you didn’t serve in the war, but you had a loved one that did.
- 2014 Canada $5 Tradition of Hunting – Canada Goose – love to hunt? This coin commemorates the traditional Indigenous bow hunter.
- 2014 Canada $20 Pond Hockey Fine Silver Coin – did you grow up playing hockey on ponds like many Canadian children? This fine silver coin remembers those days and celebrates the greatest winter game.
- 2006 Canada $20 National Parks – Jasper – create a list of your travels through coins that commemorate your visit. In 2005 and 2006, the Royal Canadian Mint released a series that honoured the parks.
You don’t even have to limit your coin collection to Canadian coins. Coins from around the world can commemorate your heritage.
Document Your Collection
You may be thinking about keeping a log of your collection for insurance, but there are more reasons to track your coins. While it’s good to talk about your collection with your loved ones, if you write down the details of your collection, they’ll be able to look back at your notes to fully remember why you chose each coin. Inventory your coins using software, an app or even just a spreadsheet. You’ll want to include information about the coin, the country and year of issue, denomination, etc. Make additional notes about each coin to help your heirs get to know the collection. You should even track the purchase date and price of the coin when you bought it. Your heirs may need to have the coins insured and valued for their own knowledge. This inventory can help you when you’re shopping for new coins for your collection. You can even make a list of what coins you’re looking for that complete a collection.
Who Receives Your Collection?
Once you start collecting coins as part of your legacy, you want to leave this collection in the hands of someone who will appreciate it. It’s not morbid to think about the keeper of your coin collection and to make sure that it is handled correctly when you’re gone. Put your wishes in writing. Leave information for the keeper of your collection on how to take care of it.
Share Your Stories
Record your stories about your life and coins to let future generations continue to be part of your life. It’s easier than ever before to leave a video or audio recording of your passion. Share the stories with your loved ones so they get a better understanding of your life. Make sure they know where the stories are stored.
Colonial Acres is proud to have serviced Numismatic customers for over 25 years. Our staff are ready to help with any question you have from looking for that rare coin to filling that empty spot in your collection. View our online store to choose from a wide selection of from silver, gold and platinum coins for sale.