Every country; sometimes territory, has its own, different currency. The various colors, designs, portraits and symbols printed on bills and coins usually relate to the countryÂ´s history and culture but can sometimes relate to other subjects such as raising awareness to a particular cause or celebrating a particular event. However, there are some currencies out there that can portray some bizarre themes or even portray normal themes in a bizarre way. From ZaireÂ´s punched-out bills to Mongolian talking coins, these crazy currencies have actually been used around the world. Can you imagine paying for your groceries with talking money?
20. IndonesiaÂ´s 20,000-Rupiah Bill
reza-loveindonesia.blogspot.com Due to high inflation, the denominations of Indonesian bills are very high. Currently, the largest Indonesian banknote is 100,000 rupiahs, the equivalent of approximately 2 USD. A 20,000 rupiah bill features an interesting combination of colors and imagery. The depicted person is Ki Hadjar Dewantara, the ex-Minister of Education and Culture, sporting weird and confused expressions.
15. Mongolian Talking Coins
theweek.com Mongolia’s 500-Tugrik coins issued in 2007 took the adage “money talks” quite literally. With the image of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy displayed on the back, the coins featured a little button, which once pressed, started to recite the presidentÂ´s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. Almost immediately after the coins were released, they were snatched up by eagle-eyed collectors.
10. Zambia Silver Proof 5000 Kwacha
www.southcapecoins.co.za Containing approximately one troy ounce of silver, this bizarre looking coin was first issued to commemorate the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. It’s unusual shape is actually the combination of the Australia and Zambia maps which may be a bit hard to recognize since both countries are depicted to be the same size. The coin itself measures 1.9 by 1.6 inches.
5. Republic of PalauÂ´s Freshwater Pearl Coin
coinsboutique.com Another original and intricate coin design from Palau; these coins have green freshwater pearls – a local lucky symbol that is supposed to bring you happiness – embedded in them. The coins, decorated with various types of sea shells, are part of a limited series which was also supposed to raise awareness of marine wildlife protection.
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