Chapter One The Beginning
I was born in 1950 and I remember how it all started one summer day in 1958. My mother had come home from the grocery store. Back then there were no Supermarkets, you bought your dry goods at the grocery store, your meat came from the butcher shop and your milk was delivered by the milk man.
She showed me a strange penny that she got in her change at the store. It was a 1858 Flying Eagle Cent. I remember her telling me that it was a hundred years old and that I should keep it because when I grow up it might be worth a lot of money. Well I was intrigued by that penny because it look so different.
I remember it was summer because I was not in school so the next day I decided to go to the library to see if I could find out more about my penny. Back then kids were only allowed in the " children's " section which didn't contain any of information about coins. So I asked the librarian where I could find coin books and showed her my coin. We'll She did me one better.
At the entrance to the library there was a large wooden box filled with old books that were free for the taking, most were damaged or just worn out and the library didn't want them any more.
She lead me over to the box and she dug down to the bottom and found two old " Red Books ". One had the cover missing and the other was just plain used. She gave me one of them and said I could have it. It was a 1950 the same year as I was born.
I remember running all the way home and spending the rest of the day lying in my bed reading page after page of that red book. I begged my mother to look thru her change and as soon as my father got home I begged to see his too.
In 1958 a cent was really worth something, bread cost .22, gas .24 most vegetables were 5-6 cents a pound so my parents weren't about to just give me all their penny's so what was I too do ?
Chapter Two Financing
to be continued
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