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  1. I have no interest in collecting them, but in the future they will be worth money to certain subsets of collectors and those specializing in certain parts of the world or themes. At some stage they will even be in museums I am sure. Just as Nazi or Confederate money is popular with many today-for a variety of reasons-these will be too.


    I certainly have coins from bad regimes, especially a lot of Mussolini era coins so I do not want to seem a hypocrite, but having spent enough time in the part of the world the interest is not there for me.

  2. Received five U.S. dollar coins and interestingly two were Martin Van Buren but one was proof and one was a circ. strike. The busting up of proof sets, often by thieves continues (pet peeve of mine).

    Oddly the proof is somewhat circulated. I'll see if I can scan them side by side.

  3. I was hoping there was an on-line list of each country and where its coinage is minted. Lots of research must be done. It seems that countries don't advertise that their coinage is minted elsewhere. Only coin collectors would really care. It's like most iPhone owners think their phones are made in the USA as Apple is a USA company but is really manufactured in China. Civil aircraft are manufactured by Boeing near Seattle or in Europe by Airbus; countries like Russia and China fly no aircraft manufactured in their countries; even the designs and logos are painted elswehere.

    I hate to go on a tangent but as a pilot I must fill you in on the fact that Russia makes plenty of its own aircraft and flies them, as does China at COMAC. Canada and Brazil, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy also make commercial aircraft, and the list can go on. Airbus is starting to make airplanes in the US (Alabama) also, and has a license plant for A320 in China. Boeing makes aircraft in Wichita, kansas, and South Carolina for example.


    So it can be as "complicated" as your coin question!


    Many of the Euro coins are made in each country's home mint.


    Plenty of things are outsourced and not always in the mainstream knowledge base. Texas makes license plates for El Salvador and several other countries for example.


    In addition to coins, banknotes are very often made by private companies, like Thomas de la Rue, who makes for many, many states.


    Good topic to discuss, thanks for posting.

  4. Have you gone yet?


    I do love Istanbul. It is one of my favourite European cities. I go somewhat often.


    Some advice: Be nice, but firm and agressive with a smile and "NO" when bargining or telling off beggars (this applies here in much of Europe).


    Don't even come close to paying the ask price on any carpets.


    All the museums and local "tourist" attraction are actually really cool, even as a tourist, unlike many other cities. Check them all out.


    Buy a $5 faux-lex just so you can tell the story :-)





    It doesn't help that the 1,and 2 euro cent coins are similar enough in size that it adds to confusion when they are not the coins you usually use. The crazy thing is how similar in size and composition the 2 euro cent and the old German 2 pf coins are in size. I have to wonder how many of the 2pf coins are in circulation still - I have gotten them in change.


    The end of coin change in the military in SE Asia means a whole new range of Pog collectables - something I actively collect.


    Wish I'd have known, I think my kids used some of my pogs for game pieces and crayon fodder LOL

  6. Today I recieved a 1952-D (USA) One Cent ("wheat penny" for our int'l friends) in change at grocery store in central Houston.

    not earth shattering but nice nonetheless!


    I am finally seeing a few national park quarters; they seemed like ghost coins for the last few years...

  7. I concur on removing the cent. In fact on my military bases in Europe and other NON-CONUS locations there has not been cents for years and it is not a problem.

    I'd like to keep the nickel for now.

    I would like to dump the dollar bill and go to just a dollar coin with the $2 being the smallest bill for now.

    It will be interesting to see what happens from a pratical and numismatic perspective.


    Here in Europe I found the two euro cent coin very annoying and the Eurocent is not far behind. I like the areas where it just doesn't circulate.

  8. Received a UAE One Dirham coin in change at, IIRC Chick-fil-a in Houston last week. Cashier did not seem to notice but I saw it instantly even though it is very, similar to a quarter. I, of course, did not say anything since I always like to pick up some "goodies". Not super exciting but it has been a dry spell recently save for a lot of US FRN Star notes of all denoms but every single one was extremely used.


    here's to a better March!

  9. One lone Memorial cent. :/ Too many people know the secret of the CoinStar reject slot. :(


    Agreed. I see much less than I used too even though they are being used often at a few spots I check.


    I found a Canadian 10c piece common date, several car wash tokens and some beat up early 70s US cents that had seen better days last week.

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