And that got my mom thinking, "Hey! We have such coins too. Ooooh..look at the price of this note. Ooooh.. we're gonna be rich.. rich.. rich..
Thus she rummaged through her drawers and true enough there was a box of coins.
Gooly and I got down to work - sorting out the coins according to countries and studying the names of currency.
We have lots of pennies. Some cents. Mostly dated between 1970 and 1980. They probably belonged to my eldest brother who went to the UK in the mid 80s.
And then we saw it...
One coin which stuck out like sore thumb.. well, in this case, like sore coin.
It was in a square shape. How peculiar.
It was so old that I had to rub it on my sleeve ala Aladdin in order to read the imprinted words.
I brought it to light.. donned on my 'loefar' specs (as if I have!) and read..
1942... STRAITS OF MALAYA...
Flipped it over and there is Queen Victoria's side profile, resembling Mr.Bean.
WOWEEE!!!How about that? It's older than my pa! Gooly was of course impressed because all this while he had thought Gong Gong was the oldest thing. And now this coin is 2 years older than the oldest thing! It's like discovering dinosaur fossils. Imaging the thrillll~~~
The coin had once belonged to my grandma. I am pretty sure there is a story behind it. Otherwise why would she keep it for so many years (in the MILO tin under the bed next to the spittoon). It's probably the first coin she got when she stepped onto the soil of Malaya. Or it's the first coin she earned or stole from my grandpa or something. I may be dramatising history..but yeah.. It's probably something significant in her life.
..and now, Gooly has conveniently claimed it as his. Meaning it has been passed down to the fourth generation.
Very very cool.
Lesson learned: Gooly's sense may worth a lot in future.