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10 Feb 2019

1st-ever Baha'i History Coin Collection?

Coins in the Classroom | Teacher Brian

we are all teachers :-)

Teachers need props, usually audio-visual aids, and especially helpful to the memory are such aids that can be picked up, where we are touching, gazing & marveling at the representative of real people and places. These props assist a story - history - coming to life, joining our own lives here today. This is the impetus for a coin collection we (my wife and I) have just begun to assemble. It might be the first-ever numismatic gathering for dates and events important or interesting in the history of the Baha'i Faith; if anyone knows of another or similar collection, please let us know so we don't continue this claim, and we can learn from others!

Every human being loves learning, each of us in our own way about particular topics, which means that everyone needs a teacher in some form or fashion, at some point in life. Kids know this innately, and all parents are their children's first teachers. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Baha'u'llah called teaching "the most noble profession", for it is a service to humanity that fulfills a part of our very nature. 

Around the globe in every culture we all learn the Golden Rule, and every major worldwide faith teaches the essence of the Ten Commandments. We have so much more in common with each other than differences, and even our varieties are simply spices, aren't they? "Unity in Diversity" is what Baha'is believe and the central teaching that should guide their behavior, and presently God is sending messages about equality and justice, to reveal the fact of One Human Family, ultimately to achieve the now reachable common goal and promise that is also of all peoples and Prophets - peace on earth, goodwill towards all.

We hope this collection will help tell part of and contribute to an astounding story/history involving lives, places, countries, conditions and covenants that speak to the truth of "the world needs more happiness and illumination. The star of happiness is in every heart, we must remove the clouds so that it may twinkle radiantly."

Many, many sincere thanks to the coin enthusiasts, ANA, family and friends for providing so many resources, and teaching us about this meaningful adventure of collecting! We're only just starting, and the best is surely yet to come. :-) 

Comments

Longstrider

Level 6

Welcome to our hobby! Excellent fact filled blog. I'm sure many people are just now hearing about your faith. The coin is a great idea. I completely agree that something one can hold will be remembered. Good luck. Thanks.

Teacher Brian

Level 3

Longstrider, you are kind with your compliment, many thanks! Our collection was started with only the intention to bring coins in front of personal classes, presentations, etc -- there was zero thought that anything would ever be public. A year or so ago when we got a couple 19th century coins to commemorate some Baha'i holy days, we had no idea websites and organizations like this one existed. Our first year we just wanted to figure out what a fair price would be for coins we thought could be nice props. We joined ANA only last month because I thought the magazine would be worth receiving, and while exploring this website, and the NGC site connected with it, we started learning "wow, there's a whole universe of coin collections and collectors out there, and it's fantastically interesting!" There's so much to learn, we appreciate everyone who's sharing, because that = caring! :-)

Kids learn a lot better with a coin in their hands be it just spending money or money to collect. Is that your coin? It is absolutely astoundingly beautiful.

Teacher Brian

Level 3

Hi Big Nub - yes, indeed, is the reply to both your first sentence and question! Thanks so much for your compliment. Less than a year-and-a-half ago, Baha'is celebrated the Bicentennial 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah, and we were looking for a nice enough coin to represent that year. At first, I was looking for the biggest US coin I knew of, a Double Eagle, then I finally learned those weren't even "born" until 1850, haha! When this coin came into view, even though it is small, I thought the same as you -- it is beautiful. And I learned a coin doesn't have to be big like the Double Eagle to impress. The price also helped us learn about rarity! But we figure we can build back our life's savings the next few years without major vacations, lol. We appreciate all the teaching you are doing, we look forward to more. :-)

Mike B

Level 6

First welcome! Coins will take you to every corner of the glob. Every one tells a story. I learned more here in history than college. The research the history will astounded you. Yes a simple coin. Or a.token or medal all have them. We have a saying buy the book before the coin. Every type coin is collected no matter were it's from or what it represents. I found out about your religion because you write this today I picked something up. Thanks very much and the pictures are great. They help very much . Well enjoy sharing reading others blogs and your right yes we are all teachers but also.learners. The coins are the teachers also. Mike

Teacher Brian

Level 3

Dear Mr Mike, we appreciate your welcome, compliments and comments! We've discovered you are so right about learning history from the coins and other numismatics, it's amazing when you like reading as we do. Yes, it was the 2019 Red Book that I picked up on a whim -- well, from my science knowledge and spiritual thoughts, I've learned there is no such thing as coincidence! -- that opened the door for us! Wow, so much good reading inside that little spiral-bound book. The coins really have been teachers, and we've a lot to learn. Glad you learned something, too, and thanks for all the teaching you do in your blogs, you have many interesting posts. Keep sharing! :-)

CoinLady

Level 6

Coins are wonderful teaching aids. Nice story.

Teacher Brian

Level 3

Dear CoinLady, thanks for the compliment - we've read some nice ones from you, personal and parts of real life, thanks for sharing! :-)

"SUN"

Level 5

Coins are great for learning about history. Nice blog.

Teacher Brian

Level 3

SUN, we never knew there was, indeed, so much history that could be learned from coins until about a year ago, and it's surely been a "bright" revelation! ;-) Thanks for your compliment.

Just Mokie

Level 5

Coin collecting is a walk through time, through cultures, through nature, and through science. Teachers are the same, they open up the world through their words and images. I hope your Wife and you continue to enjoy your journey in numismatics and in teaching. It is a noble profession, no doubt.

Teacher Brian

Level 3

Mokie, we're beginning to see all that you mention within coin collecting! Much appreciation for your nice thoughts and good wishes, we're looking forward to more great experiences along the way, too! :-)

Kepi

Level 6

Thank you for a really interesting blog! Welcome and good luck on your collection!

Teacher Brian

Level 3

Kepi, we appreciate your compliments! And thanks for the good wishes! I've read some of your postings and they are very interesting, glad you share. :-)

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