There is no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law which says otherwise. federalreserve.gov/faqs/c…
Berliners love the "currywurst", a sausage topped with curry ketchup, so much, that there have been commemorative coins, novels, plays and movies honoring its invention. By tradition, every candidate for mayor must be photographed in front of a currywurst stand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
In 2005, the US introduced a new $1 coin that you could buy and have shipped for free. people took advantage of this by buying them with a credit card then immediately using the coins to pay their bill to get free airline miles. one man abused this so much that he earned 4 million airline miles worthly.com/most-expensiv…
Metal (eg. coins, nails...) has no smell at all. The distinct smell we associate with metals is just the metal reacting with oils and other dirt on our hands. If you wash a coin thoroughly and smell it without ever touching it, it won't have any smell at all. youtu.be/BqLH-nTZEOc
Between 991 and 1018, the Anglo-Saxon kings of England paid an important economic tribute to the Viking invaders worth circa 2.8 million troy oz in silver coins. This explains why today there are still more Anglo-Saxon silver coins in Denmark than in England. thedockyards.com/10-impor…
In 1666, the plague-infested village of Eyam quarantined itself inside a marked circle for 14 months. Neighboring communities left food at the edge of the circle in exchange for disinfected coins. 80% of the people died, but no one crossed the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Designed by Benjamin Franklin, the first official circulation coin of United States was inscribed with the words "Mind Your Business" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
Gold coins are carried by elite military units as emergency currency in war and conflict situations behind enemy lines bullionstar.com/blogs/ron…
The earliest known vending machine was invented in 1st century Rome by Hero of Alexandria. Customers could insert a coin into his machine, and the coin's weight would depress a lever and open a valve to dispense holy water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
A coin flip actually has a 51/49 probability of landing heads or tails -- favoring the side facing up when flipped. If you spin a US penny on its side, however, it has an 80% chance of landing tails up. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
It is illegal to put coins in your ear in Hawaii because it’s a a sign of selling illegal drugs. onlyinhawaii.org/bizarre-…
James "Honest Dick" Tate was a Kentucky State Treasurer, so-called due to his good reputation. In reality, he had quietly misappropriated over $250,000 ($7 million in present value) from the treasury. In 1888, he fled the state with a sack of gold and silver coins and was never seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The most valuable legal tender coin in the world is a US$1 million coin from Australia. Since it weighs 1,000 kg and is 99.99% pure gold, it is worth almost US$45 million. perthmint.com/1-tonne-gol…
In 2013, while walking their dog in their back yard, a married couple came across several rusty buckets sticking out of their land. The buckets were full of gold coins minted from 1847 to 1894. The total value of all the coins was about $11 million. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
90% of Americans support the inscription "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
To increase circulation of dollar coins, in 2008 the US Mint allowed individuals to purchase in bulk with free shipping. It was quickly exploited as a way to gain frequent flyer miles. People purchased coins with a credit card, then deposited them at their bank to pay the bill, cost free. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 2016 France blocked an attempt by Belgium to issue a 2-euro coin commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Using a loophole in Eurozone guidelines, Belgium simply minted a 2.50-euro commemorative coin and put it into circulation anyway theguardian.com/world/201…
Coins like pennies actually have no odor. Metals such as iron & copper catalyze a chemical reaction in skin oils which produces the source of the "metal smell", a compound called 1-octen-3-one, and every person's smell is slightly different. nature.com/news/2006/0610…
In Greek mythology Charon is the ferryman who carries souls of the newly dead across the river Styx and Acheron that divided the world of living from the world of the dead. As a payment or bribe for Charon, ancient Greeks started the custom of Placing a coin in the mouth of a dead body. britannica.com/topic/Char…
The Australian Kangaroo 1 tonne gold is the largest bullion coin in the world made of 99.99% gold and weighing 1 tonne or 35,274 ounces, 80cm wide and more than 12cm deep. At today’s (May 26, 2020) gold price ($1,710.42USD) this coin is worth $‭60,343,937 USD. perthmint.com/1-tonne-gol…
The city of Portland, Oregon got its name because of a coin flip between two of its settlers in 1843, each of whom wanted to name it after their respective hometowns. The other potential name for the city was Boston. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
Isaac Newton was Master of the Mint for 30 years after his career in academia. He prosecuted counterfeiters and coin clippers, which was high treason and punishable by death. Frequently he investigated and interrogated himself. He prosecuted 28. coinweek.com/counterfeits…
One of the rarest coins is the 1933 Double Eagle gold coin. 433,000 minted but subsequently melted down. Officially 2 were kept but a small handful aside from that we’re smuggled out of the mint before they were melted down. One of those coins sold in 2002 for $7,590,020. auctions.stacksbowers.com…
Heron of Alexandria invented the first vending machine in the 1st century AD to prevent people from stealing holy water. Temple goers stuck a coin in the slot to apply pressure on a lever that released water. Once the coin reached the end of its path, no more water came out. io9.gizmodo.com/the-first…
In late 1970s Italy coins have become scarce so shops used candy, bus tickets, and telephone tokens as change until banks started issuing a kind of non-money replacement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Andrew Jackson openly opposed paper money, instead preferring gold and silver coins as currency. In his farewell address he cautioned the public on the national bank. Ironic that his portrait has lived on the $20 since 1928, replacing Grover Cleveland. ceifx.com/news/829/5-Curr…
Today I learned of Necropants, pants made from the skin of a dead man, which are believed in Icelandic witchcraft to be capable of producing an endless supply of money. But only if a widow's stolen coin is placed in the scrotum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NΓ‘b…
The Australian 1 and 2 cent coins were withdrawn from circulation in 1992. The recovered coins were melted down to make the bronze medals for the Sydney 2000 Olympics ramint.gov.au/news-media/…
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy collects about $4000 worth of coins every day. Most of the money goes towards charities like a supermarket for the needy. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Despite being one of the most common elements on Earth, aluminum was hard to isolate until the 1800s. It wasn't widely used for everyday things like coins and foil until the 1950s and 60s. At one point in history, it was more valuable than gold npr.org/2019/12/05/785099…
ANZAC Day, April 25th, is the only legal day in Australia to play "Two-Up", a gambling and heavy drinking game which involves tossing a single coin in the air and betting on the result. It is illegal the rest of the year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two…
A denarius is an ancient Roman coin made of silver and a common day's pay for unskilled labor was equal to one denarius. Over its approximate 400 years of being issued, the denarius lost much of his purchasing power due to inflation thesprucecrafts.com/what-…
In 1856 a group of prussian railroad workers stole all the silver coins from a barrel and replaced them with sand. A scientist analized samples of sand from every station on that line which led to their capture. scientificamerican.com/ar…
, the reason why US has quarters instead of some coin acting as fifths of the US Dollar is because the US currency was based off the Spanish Dollar which had 8 reals per peso, "pieces of eight". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Robbers in India robbed trains using 1 rupee coins. The coins were used to complete the signal circuit normally completed by train wheels to make the light go red and stop the train telegraphindia.com/india/…
Two metal detectorists who thought they'd found a stash of Roman gold coins they estimated to be worth Β£250,000 discovered the coins were actually a worthless prop for TV show The Detectorists. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
One of the founders of Starbucks returned a priceless collection of Chinese coins owned by his grandfather and donated it to the Shanghai Mint Museum in 2010. Its earliest piece is a coin mold dating back to 200 B.C., during the reign of Qin Shihuang npr.org/templates/story/s…
Danish 1, 2 and 5 krΓΆner coins have holes in them to help blind people differentiate between coins. wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish…
The origin of the word money comes from the Temple of Juno Moneta where coins were minted for 4 centuries. Moneta was regarded as the protectress of the city's funds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
The 'metallic' smell you can when handling coins etc is actually from the oils on your skin being catalysed by the metal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
South Korea mints coins for various other countries including India, Israel and Argentina voanews.com/east-asia/s-k…
In the 1920s, New York Giants players would ride to games in Brooklyn in horse drawn carts. Dodgers fans would wait along the route and pelt the players with beer, coins, and umbrella parts. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The largest gold coin in the world weighs 1 ton and is valued around $53 million. bullionbypost.co.uk/index…
Britain is the only country to formally mint a penny. The US penny is called the one cent coin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Canada once minted a $1 million dollar coin, which was promptly stolen and never found. macleans.ca/economy/money…
Canada has a 50 cent coin denomination that is still minted and in regular circulation, but incredibly rare to see in transactions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50-…
Today I learned about the Big Maple Leaf coin. This was a set of six $1 million gold coins minted by the Royal Canadian Mint with each coin weighing 100 kilograms (220lb). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
The first known vending machine was invented by the Greek engineer and mathematician Hero of Alexandria around 215 BC. These first vending machines were located in Egyptian temples and dispensed holy water in exchange for coins. gumballs.com/history-of-v…
Today I learned of β€œMr. First” Omero Catan who was β€œfirst” 537 times including the first paying customer to skate the Rockefeller Plaza ice rink. First ticket holder to enter two World's Fairs. First through the Lincoln Tunnel and first to put a coin in a New York City parking meter. theweeklyn.com/2019/01/15…
A coin flip is not 50/50 for heads and tails. Whichever side begins faceup has about a 51% chance of winning the coin flip. statweb.stanford.edu/~sus…
A USA nickel coin, value 5 cents, weighs exactly 5.000 grams usmint.gov/learn/coin-and…
A Roman coin called a denarius was worth 10 asses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ses…
The Royal Canadian Mint has manufactured coins for over 70 countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
A US treasure hunter found over $500M worth in gold and silver from Peru sunk in the Atlantic ocean. A legal fight forced them to return the booty to Spain. Some of the coins reportedly found are still "missing". theguardian.com/world/201…
The Westin St Francis Hotel in San Francisco employs someone to wash and clean the coins that pass through the tills, and has done so since 1938. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
, that in 2008, the Russians used USBs like coins on the ground to infiltrate the Pentagon. nytimes.com/2019/06/18/po…
A very few 1944 pennies were struck with steel and they are extremely valuable. An easy way to test is to hold a magnet to the penny. If it sticks to the magnet you could be the owner of a very rare and valuable coin! coins.thefuntimesguide.co…
Santa Claus was based on a REAL Person. Saint Nicholas was an early Christian Bishop in ancient Greece who had a habit of secret gift giving. He is said to have rescued three girls from being forced into prostitution by dropping a sack of gold coins through the window of their house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
In 1992, a retiree was out searching for a lost hammer with a metal detector. During his search he found a huge cache of Roman treasure, including 15,234 coins. The British government gave him and the owner of the land Β£1.75 million for finding it. Later on, he also found the hammer smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In order to perfect his character Hercule Poirot’s walk, actor David Suchet clenched a coin between his buttcheeks which helped slow and shorten his stride. telegraph.co.uk/culture/t…
The Maria Theresa thaler, a silver coin from the Austrian empire created on 1780, was widely used in the Red Sea, Arabia and Eastern Africa until after World War Two en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Theodore Roosevelt opposed putting the phrase "In God We Trust" on money, not because of secular concerns but because it would be "unwise to cheapen such a motto by use on coins" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Presidential Dollar Coin program began in 2007 with the George Washington dollar and ended in 2016 with the Ronald Reagan dollar. The series hoped to capitalize on public interest in the presidents littletoncoin.com/shop/pr…
Electrum is a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. It was used as early as the third millennium BCE in Egypt, as an exterior coating to the pyramidions atop pyramids and obelisks. The first metal coins ever made were of electrum and for a few decades, the Nobel Prize medals were too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In a UK general election if there is a tie in votes within a constituency, the result is decided by a coin toss, drawing straws, or picking names from a hat. home.bt.com/news/uk-news/…
When theres a tie in voting for any government position(e.g. mayor) in the philippines they settle it with a coin flip. businessinsider.com/coin-…
The largest movement of physical wealth in history was during WW2, Operation Fish had 186,332 gold bars and more than 8 million ounces of gold coins sent to Canada from the UK with not even one crate or treasury bill going missing. canadashistory.ca/explore…
In 2019, the Royal Canadian Mint has released its first-ever Canada-shaped coin. The $50 pure silver piece shows an iconic bird or mammal from each province and territory shaped like the landmass it represents ctvnews.ca/canada/but-wil…
It costs the US Government more to make its pennies and nickels than the actual face value of the coins. thepricer.org/how-much-do…
Today I learned of Caracalla, a Roman Emperor who had his younger brother, Geta, assassinated. He died in their mother’s arms. Caracalla then had Geta’s image removed from all paintings, coins, and statues, and had his name struck from records. An estimated 20,000 of Geta’s supporters were then massacred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about the Automat, a fast food-like restaurant with no wait staff. Patrons would put coins into a machine in order to unlock a box with food. At it’s peak in the early 20th century, an Automat chain was one of the largest restaurant chains in the world, serving 800,000 people daily. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Anonymous donations of a 1oz krugerrand gold coin to the salvation army is an annual tradition in several cities around the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kru…
Today I learned of coin clipping, the act of shaving off a small portion of a precious metal coin for melting the clippings into bullion or to make new coins. Coin clipping is why many coins have the rim marked with stripes or other engravings, a counterfeiting practice devised by Issac Newton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
A bottle of Coca-Cola cost one nickel (5 cents) between 1886 and 1959. The price remained fixed with very little fluctuation. In 1953, Coca-Cola approached the US Treasury to request minting a 7.5 cent coin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fix…
Whilst boarding a plane, an elderly passenger threw coins into one of the engines to ensure β€œgood luck”. Plane mechanics later found nine coins at the site, including one inside the engine. The flight ended up taking off more than 5 hours late. scmp.com/news/china/socie…
Canada's $1 coin since 1987, the loonie, originally was to have a voyageur design, but its dies were lost in transit ctvnews.ca/the-loonie-a-c…
In 1999, Canadian groundhog Wiarton Willie died two days before Groundhog Day. Instead of the usual festivities, they presented a taxidermied groundhog in a coffin with coins over his eyes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wia…
Harry Connick's mother-in-law is the designer of the Sacagawea dollar coin and the Irish Famine Memorial in Washington D.C. usacoinbook.com/encyclope…
Two musicians fatefully avoided flying on "The Day the Music Died" plane that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP 'The Big Bopper' Richardson. Waylon Jennings - generously gave his seat to Richardson, who had flu, and Tommy Allsup - lost his seat to Valens on a coin toss. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
On Nieu, a small island off the coast of New Zealand, they mint various cartoon themed coins, including PokΓ©mon, Scooby Doo and Star Wars. procaffenation.com/niue-c…
The coin-operated vending machine was invented about 2,000 years ago by Hero of Alexandria, an engineer and mathematician in first-century Roman Egypt. Users inserted a coin, which fell onto a pan that was attached to a lever that opened a valve and dispensed holy water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Emperor Hadrian was in a committed relationship with a man named Antinous and upon his death, Hadrian deified him, constructed temples and placed statues throughout the empire for his worship, founded a city in his name, held festivals in his honour and minted medals and coins bearing his image en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
If not for a coin toss, Portland, Oregon would have been named Boston, Oregon. bostonmagazine.com/news/2…
The Japanese 1 Yen coin is made from Aluminium and is so light that it can float on water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1_y…
Some guy attempted to beat a world record by playing QBert for 100 hours straight on a single coin... His attempt failed because a thunderstorm shorted out the game after 56.5 hours of continuous game play! ovalpike.com/100-hour-qbe…
While the US Dollar (Sacagawea and SBA) coins were considered failures in the continental US, in other countries that use the Dollar, the coins are more popular than $1 bills. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
A framed decree from L'Arte dei Salaroli (1250) on the wall of Bologna roughly translates to, β€œIf you make fake mortadella without the approval of the Salaroli, your body will be stretched on the rack three times, you will be fined 200 gold coins, and all the food you make will be destroyed.” 10best.com/interests/food…
The first vending machine was created two thousand years ago by the Greek inventor Heron Alexandrinus. It dispensed holy water when a coin is inserted into to a slot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In the 1800's, sewer-hunters scavenged the London sewers for bones, fragments of rope, miscellaneous bits of metal, silver cutlery, and coins. Paradoxically, the men were strong, robust and even florid in complexion, often surprisingly long-lived–thanks to their strengthened immune systems smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Ray Bradbury wrote the first draft of "Fahrenheit 451" on a coin-operated typewriter in the basement of the UCLA library. It charged 10Β’ for 30 minutes, and he spent $9.80 in total at the machine. e-reading.club/chapter.ph…
Babylonian women had to, by law, consort with 1 stranger who threw a silver coin into their lap while they sat in the "District of Venus". As Babylonian women were usually tall and beautiful, some uglier women had to wait up to 4 years for their coin, before returning home. oll.libertyfund.org/title…
In order to work out how he would kill himself; British composer Jeremiah Clarke supposedly used a coin toss to decide between drowning or hanging. The coin landed on its edge, so he chose a third option; shooting himself with his gun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
The US Mint used to produce a silver three cent coin sometimes known as a "trime." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
During the English Civil war in 1649, a Loyalist officer Arthur Aston was beaten to death with his own wooden leg by Parliamentarian soldiers. They believed it held gold coins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Electrum is the alloy of silver and gold, and humanity's first metal coins were made out of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
People sentenced to death by beheading were advised to give the headsman a gold coin to ensure he did not botch the beheading and cause a painful death by multiple strokes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
In 2017 no standard British Β£2 coins were minted for general circulation, because the introduction of the new Β£1 coins had brought enough of them back into circulation, via people emptying their coin jars primarily to get rid of their old Β£1 coins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two…
The first vending machine was constructed by Hero of Alexandria (c. 10 AD - c.70 AD); when a coin was introduced via a slot on the top of the machine, a set amount of holy water was dispensed. His other inventions include a fire engine pump, a wind operated organ, and the first steam engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…

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