My mom's uncle left me a "Heritage of America Coin Collection" when he died several years ago. I'm trying to decide if I should sell/get rid of it or not.
You can see pictures and other information from other people with the same item here
. Apparently, it was offered through the Gulf Oil Credit Card in the 60s or 70s.
I'm not sure why my mom's uncle left it to me. I do not have a particular interest in coins or coin collecting. The only thing I can think of is that it has his name on it, and his last name is my middle name, and he had no brothers and no children, so I am "carrying on the family name," since his sisters both took their husband's last names when they married. But there must have been other things with his name on them that were not left to me, so I don't understand why he gave me this.
The coin collection is an interesting thing, but since I don't know anything about coins, there is a limit to my appreciation and interest. I sometimes show it to friends who come visit, but only in an ironic way, "isn't this a weird and random thing I have."
My wife and I are transitioning into a minimal lifestyle, so I am trying to get rid of things that I do not need or use. The coin collection, and the case it comes in, is large and bulky, and awkward to move and store. I have been trying to understand the reasons why I have held on to it so far and here are some things I came up with:
*It is an "heirloom". If I hold on to it, I could give it to a hypothetical child/nephew/niece.
*Since it was a dying gift, it seems improper to sell it.
That second one is the one I keep coming up against. Since I don't know why the gift was given to me, I feel uncertain about selling it. Is that a good enough reason to keep a large, heavy, awkward object, especially when we are trying to simplify our life and minimize the amount of stuff we own?
Any kind of advice and input would be appreciated. Thanks.