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Unusual and Fascinating Coins and Currency

In a continuing series on coins and currency, Dark Roasted Blend has a roundup of weird designs and stories about money. When the USSR was formed, and again when it crumbled, new money was designed for various areas that you may never have heard of. For example, Transnistria is a strip of land bordering Ukraine [...]

The Toadstool Exchange: An Examination of 5 Video Game Currencies

Most of us will spend a great deal of real money on video games, wherein we can spend a great deal of fictional money—only for much cooler things that are more likely to explode. Here are five video game currencies, a general appraisal of their respective economic outlooks, and an indexed exchange rate for aggressive [...]

Big Money: Yap’s Stone Currency

Photo Credit: Flickr user annamatic3000 If you wanted to be a bank robber on Yap, you’d need a forklift and a crane, along with an 18-wheeler to make your getaway. That’s because for centuries, the main form of currency on this tiny Micronesian island was stones. Very large stones. Looking like Claes Oldenburg sculptures of oversized [...]

James Charles’ Altered Currency

Also featuring Abraham Lincoln as Frida Kahlo and Andrew Jackson as Ronald McDonald. James Charles has made some slight adjustments to US currency. These are on display at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, as well as at the link. Link via Dude Craft | Gallery Website

100-Trillion-Dollar Bill, on Sale for $5 on eBay

In Zimbabwe, virtually everyone is a trillionaire who walk around with wheelbarrowful of money! Wait, perhaps that’s not such a good thing after all … except for numismatists and eBayers. A 100-trillion-dollar bill, it turns out, is worth about $5. That’s the going rate for Zimbabwe’s highest denomination note, the biggest ever produced for legal tender—and a [...]

History of the U.S.: $ymbol Minded

How did the word “dollar” come to be represented by “$”— a symbol with no apparent connection to any of the letters in dollar? After the Revolution, the Founding Fathers were determined to dump the vestiges of British rule, including currency based on pounds, shillings, and pence. Instead of inventing a whole new system, however, they [...]

8 Quick Facts About the $100 Bill

1. The $100 is the highest value bill in circulation in the United States. The US stopped producing denominations larger than $100—$500, $1000, etc.—during WWII and halted distribution in 1969. While these larger notes are legal tender and may be accepted, the Federal Reserve Banks destroy any that are received. 2. Myanmar black market moneychangers will [...]