The Extraordinary Tokens

Every person has his or her own belief whether it’s superstitious or traditional. Like in the case of some family who builds a home from scratch, they implant handful number of coins in the making of their cemented staircase. It is believed that in this way, it will bring resources and bountiful blessings to each members of the family. A mere superstition that is sometimes close to reality. Anyway, there’s no harm in trying!

But why coins and not paper money with higher denominations? Well I think it’s because paper money is made of papers while coins are made from different kinds of metal. In the early century, there are coins which are made of real gold and pure silver. Maybe that’s why it symbolizes prosperity and triumphant.

We also use coins as a reward in our office everytime we’ll conduct people engagement activities. Not the real coins but only the toy coins. We distribute varying numbers of it to the participants of the game. Of course, the winner gets the higher number of coins. The employees need to collect and keep these coins because at the end of the year, the company will provide branded merchandises wherein the employee can redeem that using the coins they’ve earned!

In that activity, we only use plastic toy coins since we’re considering our budget to fit with every expense. Hence, if we have handful of budget, then we might as well consider buying and using especially designed coins with company logo. This idea is possible now since I saw these army challenge coins that are made fantastically.

These may not be the real coins that you can use in the market but they are indeed worth keeping especially when these coins are given to you as an honor of something you did valuable.

Coins maybe just a piece of metal to someone but it could signify a thousand respect to a person. Now we know why the Leprechauns are very mad if someone took his shilling. (AAP)

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About Aleks

Engr. Aleksandre Pates (a.k.a. Aleks or André) is an I.T. Professional and Electronics Engineer by profession, but it didn’t hinder him to enrich his skills and broaden his experience in theater and literary. He is also a College Instructor/Professor, Playwright, Artistic/Creative Director, Singer, Songwriter/Composer, Resource Speaker/Lecturer of Campus Journalism, Editorial Writing, Creative Writing and Leadership Empowerment for Youth. He is a Palanca Awardee, and he was the Editor-In-Chief of The Philippine Artisan (official student publication of TUP-Manila) from 2003-2007. He is a Certified Oracle Partner Expert since 2010, a Certified Harvard Connected Manager, and a member of the prolific playwright organizations in the Philippines, The WritersBloc. He also holds numerous positions in socio-civic and professional organizations like Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP – Manila Chapter), FEU Institute of Technology, and De La Salle Araneta University Alumni Association, Inc.
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