Update: this giveaway has CLOSED for entries, now. Please see the link in my signature line for the current giveaway. Welcome to spring, and since I'm posting this on April 1st, Happy Easter Fools' Day! (Trivia: this happens to be the first time Easter and April Fools' Day have coincided since 1956.) No foolin' - there's really a gold coin prize this month. This month's giveaway is open for entries until Midnight Eastern USA time on Monday, April 30, 2018. Drawings will be held on or shortly after May 1st. As per my usual practice, winners will be chosen by a random number generator. By way of example, here is last month's giveaway. Winners were announced in Post #125. Here's what I ask of you in order to enter this month's giveaway: Please include the words "entry post" in your initial post to this thread. This enables me to sort out the eligible posts from the secondary commentary posts later, when the drawings are held. You may reply as many times as you like here, but each member gets only one eligible Entry Post for the drawing. This month, I'll ask you to tell the story, in your own words (as long or short as you like) of the first gold coin you ever owned. If you have never owned a gold coin before, please say so- you will become eligible to win one here! I will do four drawings on or shortly after May 1st. The first time a number comes up which corresponds to an entry post by someone who's never owned a gold coin, then that person will become the winner of the gold coin prize. The other three people will win the copper/bronze coins shown below. The gold prize will be an extremely tiny gold coin - and crude - but old. Everyone else will win an ancient (copper or bronze) coin. All of the coins this month happen to have come from India. I didn't really plan that - it just kind of worked out that way. Note that I'm relying on other people's information for the attribution on these coins, since my knowledge of Indian coins is pretty modest. Here are the prizes. The gold coin winner will win a coin from the Vijayanagara Empire, dating from roughly 1336-1646 AD. It will be a tiny, primitive little speck of a thing, but will be somewhere between three and six centuries old. And gold, albeit not very much gold. It should weigh around 0.75 grains, or 1/20 of a gram. Very, very tiny! Presently all I have is the stock photo below. It should look something like that- crude, with not much in the way of pictorial design. So, one person will win: India (Vijayanagara Empire): tiny gold coin, circa 1336-1646 AD Winner's coin may vary slightly from the examples in this stock photo. I know practically nothing about these personally, and am relying upon the dealer's attribution. And three more people will win: India (Amirs of Sindh): bronze or copper coin (dirham?), circa 870-1030 AD Three winners will receive one of the actual coins shown in the photos below. Admittedly, I know next to nothing about these, either, so take the attribution with the proverbial grain of salt - and if someone has more precise information, I welcome their input. I believe them to be similar to the ones shown in this Wikipedia article. If they were indeed struck by the Amirs of Sindh, then they came from a part of India that is now within modern Pakistan. These were a kind gift from member @Alok Verma in India, who provided the Sindh attribution but didn't know much else. I'm keeping one for myself and giving one to @coin_nut, so that leaves three for this month's winners.