Featured A penny pail tale....

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Paddy54, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Last November we loss a neighbor, well Fred was more than a neighbor, he was family.....well to the wive and I.
    Over the years my or his ride to the airport in the ealiy hours of the morning,we always gave the other a ride, followed by a hug , at the terminal.
    So yeah it's been sort of a crazy year.....in so many ways!
    Fred was the excuse to over buy at Costco.... cause we can give Fred this half of a huge apple pie.
    And we knew he never refuse...well towards the end yeah he did...
    So we now have over the months watched over his home, the family is out of state, we are across the street.
    But now his car sold, the family cleaning out the house.
    Fred's daughter in law asked to borrow the power washer, when she returned it ,..this small wooden pail sat next to the washer.
    Picking it up I knew it has something in side. Lifting the lid ....the pail half full of Wheatie cents, most a nice chocolate in color...I haven't gone through them....I may never do so....as Deb left me a voice mail on my phone,
    She said oh the little bucket is yours. I knew as soon as I saw it, ..... that Fred wanted you to have it....no one could or would appreciate this as I know you will.
    It is priceless to me....researching the pail ,it is a friket pail/ bucket. Made this type in the early 1800's
    Larger buckets can be found as these primatives were used in many ways.
    This one I do believe it was a suger pail as it wood carries a sweet smell when lid is opened.
    The little pail worth by itself 100/150 $. depending on condition of course.
    As for the pennies....Fred put them there ,and yeah be neat to go through them....but for now I like this in tack, as given to me. The gift to me is priceless, as is..... I find no need to search the coins, they arent for sale no matter what...or any amount I be offered . This little pail will be passed on by me as is......to someone like me who will appreciate it for what it is....a new story in its Journy of 220 years from holding sugar in a pantry, to a very special gift from a very special friend.
    RIP Fred.... we miss you!
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  3. GH#75

    GH#75 Well-Known Member

    That's an amazing story. Very sorry to hear about your friend.
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  4. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Great story. Sorry about your friend. I liked that you will never sell it. I would look at the dates, but that's just me.
  5. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Well-Known Member

    That's a nice thank you gift. It also said Fred talked about his crazy coin friend next door and the daughter remembered...
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  6. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

  7. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    @Paddy54 ...my wife has one and tells me it is called a “Firkin”. Hers is (sadly) sans any wheaties.

    Enjoy your memories of your great friend and continue to celebrate his life. Both the pail gift and his life will always be a treasure for you...Spark
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  8. Timewarp

    Timewarp Intrepid Traveler

    Condolences on your friends passing. It was nice he left you that. I also have received coins from relatives that have passed. I won't sell them, but went thru them to add them in Excel. Just the curiosity thing, you know.
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  9. UncleScroge

    UncleScroge Active Member

    Nice story. I know if it were me, I'd at least look through those cents. Heck, there might even be some IHCs at the bottom, or something even better.
  10. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Actually Debbie had given me coins in the past to sell for her....I never charged her anything for helping her sell off her coins.
    You see this isnt something you own....this is something you're trusted with....until passed on to another who will do the same...
    Whats crazy is where has it been until it became a catch all for pennies? Then where has it been?
  11. White Ger. Shep. Lover

    White Ger. Shep. Lover Well-Known Member

    Indeed. Paddy certainly knows Fred better than myself, but one would think that Fred left them for his dear friend for a reason.....and that would be NOT to let them lay in state, without be looked over. I think you need to bust a move, Paddy!
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  12. Peter Economakis

    Peter Economakis Active Member

    :):) Smiling for the story:):)
    Sorry for the loss of your friend..
  13. whopper64

    whopper64 Active Member

    Your friend left them there for a reason, to look at them, perhaps clean any debris on them, and then place them back or display them. Either way, they need to be at least looked at. Very sorry about your friend.
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  14. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your close friend. The pail itself is a beautiful antique and looks to be in great shape. Did the thought ever cross your mind that Fred wanted you to have these for a reason?
  15. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    He's among great company and in a care free paradise. Left you with fond memories. May he Sleep in Peace Wake in Joy...
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  16. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    I have bought coins from my late coin dealer Jordan Allgood of which I will never sell because of the sentimental value I valued in his friendship. Some high grade Thailand coins and some rainbow toned Lincolns.
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  17. john65999

    john65999 Active Member

    I recently did a "house-clean-out" where i found 4 of these in descending sizes, nice to know what to call them, mine appear to be repros as the wood is too new..each one had something different in it, one semi precious stones, the other old matchbooks, another shells, and yet another with old advertising specialties....sorry for your loss...at least you have something to remember him from...
  18. buckeye73

    buckeye73 Well-Known Member

    So sorry for the loss of your great friend Fred. He obviously had you in mind to receive that momento of your friendship.

    How special would it be to place a explanatory note together with your own contribution to the legacy of your friendship in a small container placed in the bucket and pass it along to your heirs. Fred’s family entrusted you with a gift with 200 years of history. Why not try for 200 more? Just a random thought.

    Wish nothing but the best for his family and you as you adjust to the loss.
  19. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the loss of your friend, Fred.
    When my father passed, he left his coin collection to my brother and me. None of the coins were protected.. some Morgans and a few Peace, but most of them were old circulated coins. There was an envelope in it telling us he hoped we would have fun with them. There was an old paper sack with foreign coins in it. My brother asked me to make a list of the coins and then divide it. I let him decide which list he wanted. There were about 20 $2 bills. I have placed all of them in protective coin containers and place them in my safe. That was in 1997. I haven't looked at them since... too many memories.
  20. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Sorry for your loss @Paddy54 and in all due respect, I think Fred would want you to go through the coins and find something that would bring you joy. No need to sell any of them, but in respect to him, just finding a wonderful coin to remember him by would surely bring a smile to his face. Just my thoughts on this.
  21. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Amazing story, Paddy..... One day... Maybe six months.. Maybe six years.... You will feel the tug to study your friends gift. When you do, please find this thread and update us all.
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