Collecting is a great hobby. It inspires the desire to find out more about the item which is collected, leading the collector to investigate and research.
Charles Darwin, May 31st 1876 – Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character:
“By the time I went to this day-school my taste for natural history, and more especially for collecting, was well developed. I tried to make out the names of plants and collected all sorts of things, shells, seals, franks, coins and minerals. The passion for collecting, which leads a man to be a systematic naturalist, a virtuoso or a miser, was very strong in me, and was clearly innate, as none of my sisters or brother ever had this taste.”
Sandie Robb – “I challenged myself to see how many other items I could collect that are related to the time in which Charles Darwin lived.”
Darwin was born in 1809 and died in 1882. These are the coins I have managed to collect:
From left to right:
1d (1 old penny), Queen Victoria, 1882 (front and back); 1/4d (farthing), Queen Victoria, 1858, 4d, Queen Victoria, 1855; 1/4d (farthing), George III, 1806.
The farthing from 1806, is dated 3 years before Darwin was born but George III reigned until 1820, so the same coin would have been in use during the early years of Darwin’s life.
Who reigned during the lifetime of Charles Darwin?
What other historical events were happening at the time?