Other Countries’ Money

Currency and national identity are often quite tied together. Just look at battles in European Union countries like the United Kingdom and Sweden when the issue of switching to the euro comes up. Maintaining a separate currency, even merely at a nominal level like many countries do, presents a front of independence on the world…

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Playing Card Money of New France

Following up a few months later on one of the very first articles I ever posted to The Basement Geographer, I bring you another tale from the realm of off-beat currency. This one comes from all the way back in 17th century Canada, known then as New France. In the early years of the French colonial presence in North…

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The Stone Money of Yap

As most of the world continues to attempt to extricate itself from economic recession, some people wonder how secure their savings are. For the past six centuries on the western Micronesian island of Yap, the biggest issues with money have usually involved how to move it without being crushed. After all, coins tend to be…

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