Strange Coins and Currency of the World

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03 May 2017, 7:41 pm

Major mints like the US Mint produce millions of coins a day, so it's inevitable that occasionally things get clogged up:

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If you ever find one like that, hold on to it, because it will be worth a lot more than a penny. :mrgreen:


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13 May 2017, 5:26 pm

There's a minor tradition in the US of carving so-called Hobo Nickels -- regular coins carved out into new designs, usually skulls. Nickels are the most common, but everything from pennies to silver dollars have been made into Hobo coins as well.
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13 May 2017, 6:08 pm

Don't know if this can count as "coins", but a long time ago, these things used to be used as currency in China
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13 May 2017, 10:16 pm

So, the ancient Chinese economy was based on wingnuts?

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14 May 2017, 6:21 am

:D
Or maybe wingnuts were based on ancient Chinese economy.


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21 May 2017, 12:27 am

The coins of ancient Aegina off the coast of Greece are famous for their sea turtles (ca. 450 BC):

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08 Jun 2017, 9:07 pm

Erewhon posted some very nice Darwin coins and currency over in this thread:

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11 Jun 2017, 4:58 pm

Jonah in the whale -- see him? Part of a series illustrating Biblical stories, from Israel.

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02 Jul 2017, 5:53 pm

Around the turn of the last century, mining companies in Chile were issuing their own coinage, some of it made out of vulcanite (hard rubber) and early forms of plastic.

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02 Jul 2017, 9:33 pm

The Parys Mining Company of Anglesey, North Wales, also had its own copper token coinage in the late 18th century. These were struck by the famous Soho Mint in Birmingham UK, and were far more impressive than any previously minted copper coinage.

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06 Jul 2017, 2:58 pm

Not a coin, but I did get a silver certificate in change at the store this week -- and that does qualify as strange. :D

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06 Jul 2017, 3:11 pm

I suppose it might not count as strange, but I just think it's interesting how plain the Peruvian Nuevo Sol is. It's just big block letters that say "One Nuevo Sol." :lol:

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06 Jul 2017, 3:22 pm

I acquired one of these some time ago (Gold Britannia 1 ounce coin). It's legal tender and has a face value of £100, but you'd be crazy to try to spend it as it's worth ten times that.

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06 Jul 2017, 4:09 pm

Lillikoi wrote:
I suppose it might not count as strange, but I just think it's interesting how plain the Peruvian Nuevo Sol is. It's just big block letters that say "One Nuevo Sol." :lol:

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What is the mark at right? Is it maybe a mintmark -- LIMA or something like that?


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07 Jul 2017, 2:56 pm

^ On the subject of 'Lima', many British silver coins struck in 1745 and 1746 in the reign of George II have this word on their obverse side. It's not a mintmark, but commemorates the capture of a huge amount of silver mined near Lima from Spanish ships in 1742 - this was brought back to the UK and turned into silver coinage by the Royal Mint. Such a display of abrasive triumphalism would be most unlikely these days. Here's a 1745 Half Crown:

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https://24carat.co.uk/frame.php?url=limacoininfo.html



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21 Jul 2017, 7:50 pm

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