When I was studying, reading several centuries-old cases of litigation
for law school, I liked to have a personal link
with ancient times.
Sometimes, I held an ancient coin in my hands from the Roman Republic.
I had another that was minted when Jesus was on Earth.
I also had a $10 gold
piece from 1795
, the earliest year of any gold from the USA,
in the largest denomination that was issued (until 1849).
George Washington signed a statute authorizing Alexander Hamilton to mint that coin.
I like nostalgia
. I 'm an old reactionary.