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QUERY: 1962 MARILYN MONROE "COIN"?
An E-Sylum reader forwarded this article about a student numismatic display in India. It's a fine article on a nice group of kids, but his interest (and mine) was piqued by the reference to "a rare coin of the US with an image of Marilyn Monroe issued in 1962". We assume this is some private mint issue. Any idea, readers, what "coin" this is? -EditorHalf a rupee, quarter anna and half anna were introduced by East India Company after the World War I as silver became costly after the war, said Aditya Singh, a Class IX student of Loyola School.
He put the coins on display at the inter-school philatelic and numismatic exhibition-cum-competition organised by the philatelic and numismatic club of Loyola School for the first time.
He had the rarest of rare coins in bronze, silver and other metal that were in use during British era.
The exhibition was a unique journey through history of the world. Five schools of Jamshedpur including the host participated in the competition. The competition proved that students still take a lot of interest in collecting rare stamps and coins, though few write letters in the age of computers. Their collection is through contribution of their parents or grandparents but they have valued it.
One got to see a rare coin of the US with an image of Marilyn Monroe issued in 1962 was also on display.
.Through the exhibition we would like to teach the students the value of coins. Coins are a mixture of knowledge, historical glory, metallurgy and minting excellence. In the age of computers and technology, people no longer write letters and stamps have become just a hobby only. Therefore, we though of organising this competition,. said A. Lilavati, the moderator of philatelic and numismatic club of Loyola School.
To read the complete article, see: Coins, stamps speak of glorious past - Students of five schools come up with rare collection (http://www.telegraphindia.com/1081126/jsp/
Wayne Homren, Editor
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