Stamps from 1983
When I turned 21 (6 years ago - CRINGE!) my parents gave me a coin & stamp collection from my birth year (1983). It's one of my most treasured possesions.
Remember those huge R1 coins? I grew up in Durban North off Makeurtan Avenue, just down the road from Northwood. I remember walking with my gogo, my hand full of these R1 coins, to the corner cafe by Virginia Circle to buy a bag of sweets. Then walking home, sharing my sweeties with her. I had a great childhood and it's memories like these that stay with me.
My favourite coin was the 1/2 cent coin - I loved the little birdies perched on the branch. I collected these coins, and even though they hardly amounted to anything, I felt like I was the richest kid in the neighbourhood.
The stamps above are my favourite from the collection.
Life seemed so much simpler back then - no work, no taxes, no grown up stuff. Just a bag full of sweets and R1 coins that took up most of my palm.