Strange Coins and Currency of the World

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31 Jul 2016, 3:48 pm

Several countries once upon a time issued special coins to be used only within leper colonies, so their currency wouldn't enter into general circulation.

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20 Aug 2016, 2:19 pm

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I love the British 20p coin because it has seven sides. More things should have seven sides.


Here's a new 7-sided piece for the 950th anniversary (!) of the Battle of Hastings:

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18 Sep 2016, 1:52 pm

I got a 10-cent Euro coin in change today (in Massachusetts) passing as a US penny. 8O We often get Canadian coins in change in New England, but I've never gotten a Euro coin before, and especially at a mismatched denomination like that.

(This may not quite fit under "Strange Coins of the World" but it certainly fits under strange local coins. What's the strangest item of currency you've ever come across in local circulation?)

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22 Sep 2016, 9:16 pm

A new faceted 5-Euro coin from Latvia (with a QR code):

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http://news.coinupdate.com/latvia-innov ... eneurship/


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25 Sep 2016, 4:43 pm

How about a silver mammoth coin from the Ivory Coast with a piece of mammoth ivory embedded in it:

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25 Sep 2016, 5:39 pm

Now this is one I would want ever year: Zambian calendar coin:

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12 Oct 2016, 10:06 pm

Holy water coin:

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13 Oct 2016, 9:54 pm

This is a Civil War token I own

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03 Dec 2016, 6:39 pm

Put an unfriendly Gorgon in your pocket:

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That's from Macedonia, circa 400 BC.


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09 Dec 2016, 2:31 pm

The latest in a series of lovely astronomical coins from the Royal Australian Mint:

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The designs are interesting, but in addition, these coins are scyphate -- bowl-shaped, to represent the dome of the sky:

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http://news.coinupdate.com/celestial-cy ... instantly/


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21 Dec 2016, 1:52 pm

I'm not sure I'm even picturing this one correctly -- I need to find another image.

It's apparently a new square coin from the Cook Islands that depicts the space-time continuum, with a magnetic sphere in the center -- wow.

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http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/c ... 10-winners


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23 Dec 2016, 3:45 pm

This is a real beauty. HM The Queen wishes you a merry Christmas (from Australia):

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30 Dec 2016, 12:25 am

Here's a strange Australian beauty: one ounce of gold, with a disk of Australian turquoise embedded in the center.

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13 Jan 2017, 11:27 pm

How about a hamster coin?

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Specifically, Campbell's Dwarf Hamster from Mongolia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbell's_dwarf_hamster


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27 Jan 2017, 9:11 pm

This is a famous coin, because it's believed to show the oldest-known ancient Greek map:

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The obverse is a standard Persian-style running king image, but the reverse is thought to be a topographic map of the region around the Greek city of Ephesus, now on the west coast of Turkey. The coin is usually attributed to Memnon, a Persian admiral who captured Ephesus and fought Alexander the Great, around 340 BC.

http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coi ... s.all.html


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09 Feb 2017, 1:00 am

This one isn't strange (except for being bimetallic) -- it's just a beauty: a 2-euro commemorative for the Bank of Finland.

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