The saying ‘The crop is visible in the sprout’ is very suited to describe Winny, hails from a tiny village, Chinnathura in Kanyakumari District in Tamil Nadu, and is currently a 5th grade student of Mar Ivanios School in the district.
Her interest is very different. When her relatives ask her what gift she would like, Winny is quick to reply, “Please bring the coin of small value of the country you are coming from”. Whether it be a Kuwaiti Dinar, Turkish Lira, Malaysian Ringit, Qatari Riyal, Bangladeshi Taka, Ugandan Shilling, Korean Won, Cambodian Riel, UAE Dirham, Australian Dollar, Philippines Peso, Seychelles Rupee, Jordanian Dinar, Thailand Baht, British Pound, Indonesian Rupiah, Chinese Yuan, Egyptian Pound, France Euro, Bhutanese Ngultrum, Vietnamese Dong, and Kenyan Shilling, etc… Because of her efforts, she has acquired over 2000 currency of many denominations from various continents. She has been invited to exhibit her collection at various places that are an attractive spot for numismatics.
Speaking of her hobby, she said, “I started collecting coins of various countries on the encouragement given by my parents, teachers and relatives from the age of 5, and this hobby takes me quite a long way”.
“It gives a special knowledge of names of countries and coins, and it brings me close with different histories and cultures,” she added.
Besides the international coins, Winny has a stock of Indian coins from the early 1900s. The rare coins includes 1 paise (1917), 2 paise (1920) and it continues with 3, 5, 10, 20, 25 paises that are not in use now.
Interested in studying history, Winny has expended great efforts in collecting coins released in the honor of great past personalities like Louis Brailey, Sr. Alphonsa; patriotic leaders Jawaharlal Nehru, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, as well as organisations such as UNO, ILO, etc.
Winny aims to become an Indian Administrative Service officer and hopes to do work for the poor and the downtrodden to see their happy smiles when the light is burning low.
“Appreciations from higher officials in District Administration, Police and Social Service Organisations like Lions Club compells me to do better,” says Winny.
Let us appreciate this little girl who prays for a chance to exhibit her talents in front of the President of India.