from the urls-we-dig-up dept
While digital forms of payment are becoming increasingly popular, cash probably isn’t going away anytime soon, and a lot of people still like to collect coins. For the amateur numismatists out there, here are just a few interesting coin stories.
- New Zealand is minting a series of coins with Hobbit characters on them — with the most expensive Hobbit coin made of about 28 grams of gold. The coins will be legal tender, but they’ll probably be hoarded by Hobbit fans and coins collectors for being preciousss. [url]
- The Royal Canadian Mint has a glow-in-the-dark quarter with a dinosaur on it. Canada killed its penny, but collectible glowing coins apparently have a bright future up north…. [url]
- A 1909 Lincoln penny is on Mars, as part of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument on the Curiosity rover. This penny will serve as a calibration target, and it’s probably the most valuable penny in the universe. [url]
- The US GAO recommends replacing dollar bills with dollar coins — even though dollar coins are a hugely unpopular with people who actually spend American money. The US Treasury had to stop minting a lot of dollar coins last year because it had such a ridiculous surplus of dollar coins that weren’t making it into general circulation. If only people would use dollar coins, the government could save a bit of money when it makes money. [url]
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