The Hobbies That Make This Farmer – The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI; It is not uncommon to see a farmer collecting magazine articles or newspaper clippings on best farming practices. But, 55-year-old R Manickam from Aranarai village in Perambalur district surprises you with his more than three-decade-long hobbies of notaphily and numismatics.

Besides growing peanuts on his one-acre land, he nurtured his love for old banknotes and coins from various countries. Manickam says he has a collection of 250 old banknotes from more than 50 countries such as India, Malaysia, United States, Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong, Italy, India. Germany, Japan and China and hundreds of parts.

Speaking to TNIE, he said: “I went to Saudi Arabia in 1986 and worked as a driver. I couldn’t get enough income so I also worked as a laborer in a garden. The owner of the garden was passionate about notaphilia and made me discover it. He also gave me old banknotes, which was the beginning of my collection. Manickam slowly developed an interest while working in Saudi Arabia and then Malaysia.

“I came to India in 1996. But my hobby multiplied. I used to attend exhibitions of banknotes and coins in Salem, Tiruchy and Coimbatore and had used to get everything i could for my collections i get excited just looking at my collection and also introduced this hobby to my son and family members i went on tour in Thailand and Singapore, from where I added more banknotes and coins to my collection.

I ask the government to set up exhibitions to raise awareness of notaphilia and numismatics in each district. A visit to such exhibits will be a learning experience for the future generation,” Manickam said. When this reporter pointed out suspicious coins in his collection, he said, “I’m going to get an expert in this and weed out any fakes. I want my collection to be 100% authentic.

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Manickam says he has a collection of 250 old banknotes from more than 50 countries such as India, Malaysia, United States, Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong, Italy, India. Germany, Japan and China and hundreds of parts.

CHENNAI; It is not uncommon to see a farmer collecting magazine articles or newspaper clippings on best farming practices. But, 55-year-old R Manickam from Aranarai village in Perambalur district surprises you with his more than three-decade-long hobbies of notaphily and numismatics. Besides growing peanuts on his one-acre land, he nurtured his love for old banknotes and coins from various countries. Manickam says he has a collection of 250 old banknotes from more than 50 countries such as India, Malaysia, United States, Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong, Italy, India. Germany, Japan and China and hundreds of parts. Speaking to TNIE, he said: “I went to Saudi Arabia in 1986 and worked as a driver. I couldn’t get enough income so I also worked as a laborer in a garden. The owner of the garden was passionate about notaphilia and made me discover it. He also gave me old banknotes, which was the beginning of my collection. Manickam slowly developed an interest while working in Saudi Arabia and then Malaysia. “I came to India in 1996. But my hobby has multiplied. I used to attend exhibitions of banknotes and coins in Salem, Tiruchy and Coimbatore and used to get whatever I could for my collections. I get excited just looking at my collection and have also introduced this hobby to my son and family members. I went on tour to Thailand and Singapore, from where I added more banknotes and coins to my collection. I ask the government to set up exhibitions to raise awareness of notaphilia and numismatics in each district. A visit to such exhibits will be a learning experience for the future generation,” Manickam said. When this reporter pointed out suspicious coins in his collection, he said, “I’m going to get an expert in this and weed out any fakes. I want my collection to be 100% authentic. In his kitty, Manickam says he has a collection of 250 old banknotes from more than 50 countries such as India, Malaysia, United States, Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong, India. Italy, Germany, Japan and China and hundreds of parts.

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