Thursday, May 9, 2013

The most unusual money in the world

Many of us are accustomed to thinking of the money medium of exchange in the form of notes and coins with the usual dignity. However, throughout the history of currency, there were some strange form of payment. It could be a giant heavy stones, geometric shapes, metal rods, and many other unusual characteristics.

Unusual coins: stones Rai


In Micronesia, the island of Yap, Rai stones are legal tender. These coins are large limestone disc diameter of 1.5 - 6 meters with a hole in the middle. The cost of such a stone is dependent on the size, weight, and how many people died, to move the stone.


Coins of Africa: money Kissi


In some parts of West Africa until the 20th century used the twisted iron rods 33-36 cm long, with the letter "T" on one end and to the shape of the spatula in the other. They were called the money or Kissi Kissi penny-and often used in the ceremonies of burial. Often they use a bunch. For example, a cow cost 100 ligaments and 20 rods.

The largest coin


Canadian coin worth one million Canadian dollars, which weighs 100 kg and is 99.9 percent pure gold coin is considered the largest in the world by 2011.
At the end of October 2011 in Australia provided the largest gold coin in the world. Huge coin made by The Perth Mint weighs more than a ton of pure gold. Its thickness - 12 cm, diameter - 80 cm

The smallest coin


Historically, the smallest coin is a silver quarter Tara Vijayanagara in India, in diameter - 4 mm, which weighs only 1.7 grams.

The smallest commemorative coin


And in 2012 in the United Kingdom have created the smallest diamond coin with the image of Queen Elizabeth II in honor of the Diamond Jubilee. It has a diameter of only 750 nanometers (1 nanometer - is one billionth of a meter)

Unusual geometric money Somalia


These so-called coins are three-dimensional geometric shape of a cone (water), Pyramid (fire), ball (earth), the cylinder (the tree) and the cube (metal).
Somalia is also famous for other unusual coins in the form of cars, guitars and motorcycles.

Rare Coins of fiber


Yuan Makchzhou th was the official coin in Japan occupied Manchuria. In 1944-45 the war metal reserves fell sharply, and coins in 1 and 5 feney made of red and brown material similar to cardboard.

Wooden money


The money was to go in Moose Jaw, Canada. They were issued in the period after World War II, when metal was so rare that cities issue the currency of the most available material, including wooden plank.

Rare coin speaking


On Mongolian coin face value of 500 MNT, one side depicting U.S. President John F. Kennedy, there is a small button that, when clicked, you can hear the historic words of the president: "I am proud that I am a Berliner"

Silver coin with holy water


One of the smallest countries in the world - the island nation of Palau in 2007 released an unusual coin - a silver dollar depicting the Virgin Mary with a tiny bottle containing holy water from the holy place in Lourdes, France.

Space money


This currency is not used in the world, and has been developed for space tourists. It was created by scientists at the National Space Centre and the University of Leicester and was named Quid (from the English. Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination - quasi-universal intergalactic denomination). These round coins made of heavy-duty plastic with images of planets in the solar system capable of supporting the load space and have a high degree of protection.

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