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World’s weirdest currency (20 photos)
3-D Geometric Coint, Somalia. These coins are actual geometrical shapes of a cone=water, pyramid=fire, ball=earth, cylinder=wood and cube=metal.
80 Years of Television, Cook Islands – The uncirculated coin replicates the first images transmitted to a television receiver in 1926. John Logie Baird demonstrates the world’s first television system to transmit live, moving images in tone graduations to 40 members of the Royal Institution. The 30-line images are scanned mechanically by a disk with a spiral of lenses at 12.5 images per second.
Three Wise Monkeys, Somalia – “See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil” is the familiar saying being acted out on this beautiful non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) proof gold and silver crown. This coin carries a 4,000 Shilling denomination issued by authority of the government of the Somali Republic.
Easter Island Pop Up Head, Cook Islands – Easter Island is famous for its monumental statues, called moai, created by the Rapanui people. Moai, the ‘living faces’ of deified ancestors, are monolithic human figures carved from rock on Easter Island between 1250 and 1500 AD. This Ten Dollar legal tender proof silver crown was minted in such a way that the gold-plated moai can be inserted vertically into a slot on the coin to create a three-dimensional view, a miniature version of the statues on Easter Island.
Green Money, Benin – The World’s 1st Silver Legal Tender Marijuana Coin. The Western African Republic of Benin has authorized the issue of the world’s first legal tender SILVER coin, denominated as 1,000 Central African Francs and minted from one ounce of .999 silver. Due to become an instant classic among collectors worldwide, the issue has been limited to 999 pieces, assuring its scarcity and collectability.
600 Years – Battle of Grunwald, Palau – These coloerd square-shaped coins are worth about $1 each.
Scent of Paradise – Sea Breaze, Palau – On coin obverse the phrase “onolisicious”. This term is used in the surfer slang and comes from the Hawaiian word “ono” (delightful, groovy) and the English word delicious. It means as much as really delicious, really good, or really great. The reverse shows Palau Coat of Arms. Rub your finger on the coconut and smell it -a scratch and sniff coin!
Blue Crystal and Silver Turtle, British Indian Ocean Territory – This £2 coin made by the British Indian Ocean Territory features a turtle etched into blue crystal embedded in a solid silver ring. Some people say that it is actually an alive turtle that is completely still and blue.
Authentic Mammoth Ivory, Ivory Coast – Although it is illegal to use elephant ivory in currency, the Ivory Cost found a loophole and used actual ivory from the extinct African Mammoth fossils.
Lamborghini Sports Car, Somalia – That is all, a Lamborghini shaped coin made because Somalia has so many Lambo’s.
World Cup Giants, Liberia – This massive 2.5 inch coin commemorates the 2006 World Cup held in Germany. One side shows a referee penalizing a downed soccer player clearly faking an injury and the other side features donuts around the border. Yes, donuts.
Genuine Pearl, Palau – This $5 coin has an actual pearl embedded in it.
The Egyptian Pyramid, Isle of Man – The world’s first pyramid shaped coin was created by the Isle of Man, the copper crowned coin shows Tutankhamen’s Death Mask and a series of intricate hieroglyphics.
Heavy Metal Guitar, Somalia – Just another attempt by Somalia to manufacture interest with collectors by minting a coin completely unrelated to their country.
Yellow Crystal Elsa, Sierra Leone – This coin commemorates the life of Joe Adamson, author of Born Free, with the lion from the book (Elsa) etched into yellow crystal.
The Animal Kingdom, Somalia – One word to describes this currency: Somalia
Coin with Actual Piece of Concorde Heat Shield in it, Tristan da Cunha – This coin celebrated the 20th anniversary of Concorde in 2009, it’s gold plated and each coin produced contained a tiny piece of Concorde’s titanium alloy heat shield.
Motorcycle coins, Somalia
Las Vegas Luckcoin, Palau – This large legal tender coin doubles as a dealer button for poker games of Texas Hold’em. The card corner you see is an actual piece of a card used in a Las Vegas Tournament.
Crystal Penguin Silver Coin, South Georgia – This Proof Sterling Silver and crystal coin captures the essence of the King penguins journey as they waddle together heading for their destination. The outer ring depicts penguin parents with their young.