May 23, 2012

Coins From Around the World 2

After adding a few more coins to my collection recently, I wanted to share a few more of my random coins from around the world.  Just like I mentioned the first time around, I'm just as fascinated by the stories that may accompany how these coins made there way to me as I am by the currency itself.  

Once again, none of these coins are particularly valuable.  They are all low denominations and have been in circulation, but that's also part of the fun in collecting them.  I like that they've been used and one way or another have made their way to Canada.  Let's have a look.

1950 - Somalia - One Centesimo

At the time Somalia was an Italian protectorate so Roma can be seen on the reverse of this coin.  The country has since become one of the most dangerous places on Earth.  

1936 - USA - Buffalo Nickel

A popular US coin from the early 20th century, the Buffalo (or Indian Head) nickels were notorious for their dates wearing off in circulation.  On this one the 1936 is just barely visible below the head.

1942 - Australia - Penny

What I love about this coin is its size.  It has an almost 4cm diameter, making it one of the larger coins my collection.

1964 - Fiji - Penny

Coins with interesting shapes or holes in them are always interesting just because they're so obviously different. Not surprisingly, they're often used to make jewelry.

1954 - Austria - 20 Groschen

I have to admit that what I love about this coin is the texture of the embossed eagle and the bold font used. It's a very visual coin.

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