As one gets older, one reminisces. Reading so many posts about unusual coins, I've been thinking of some wonderful gifts of coin I received when I was young. When I graduated from grammar school, my uncle had mentioned he saved "a bunch of coins" from his service in World War II. He was in the South Pacific. Was I surprised when he handed me a small box with the coins! Among the goodies in the box were coins of: Fiji in 2 different metals, Australia in silver, Japan, Philippines, and a silver 5 Mark from Germany. I don't know how a German coin got there, but it was, in nice condition.
A favorite cousin married in 1970 and went to England on his honeymoon. This was when the change to decimal coinage was getting underway. He and his wife saved their small change in an envelope and gave it to me when they came home. While other family members got knick-knacks, tea cups, I got a group of English coins including old halfpennies and pennies, a florin dated 1929 (silver!) and a brand new 50 Pence. I got the best gift!
My aunt had a few silver dollars in her jewelry box. One was a 1934-S Peace dollar with luster. When I graduated from high school, she enclosed it in her card.
I was enamored of 1948 Franklin half dollars when I was young. My father got a small accumulation of these, probably from local coin shops, and gave them to me. There were 1948-P and D, and quite a few were circulated. I said, I liked those, because they did the job they were created to do.
This is how collections are built, and how collectors are encouraged.