Pineapples in the 1700s were worth over $8000 in present-day currency. People would literally rent them to flex at parties. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 1990 Disney wanted to put Minnie Mouse on the $5 bill of their in house currency and promote it as the first woman on a dollar bill. It was then revealed that Martha Washington on a $1 bill in 1891. In reality Pocahontas was even earlier, appearing on a $20 bill in 1863. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
The Queen has been the face of so many currencies and has reigned for so long that it is possible to observe her aging process on Commonwealth banknotes. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Tree experts pointed out a mistake in current Canadian currency. Instead of it's notes featuring Canadian maple leaves, it instead features Norwegian maple leaves. Although, both look fairly similar. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Gold coins are carried by elite military units as emergency currency in war and conflict situations behind enemy lines bullionstar.com/blogs/ron…
Ecuador uses the U. S. Dollar as its currency. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuado…
Today I learned of Bloodbath of B-R5RB, a massive-scale virtual battle fought in the MMORPG space game EVE Online in January 2014 that involved 7,548 player characters and lasted for 21 hours resulting in losses of approximate real-currency value of $300,000 USD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
The US Secret Service was originally founded in 1865 to combat the then-widespread counterfeiting of U.S. currency. In 1901, the agency was asked to begin its protective mission after the assassination of President William McKinley – the third sitting U.S. President to be assassinated. secretservice.gov/about/h…
Venezuela's hyperinflation got bad in 2017, some became video game gold farmers and was seen playing games such as Runescape to sell in-game currency or characters for real currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
In 1987, the Burmese government demonetised the 25-, 35-, and 75-kyats notes without warning or compensation, rendering around 75% of the country's currency worthless and eliminating the savings of millions of Burmese. Dictator Ne Win did it bc the notes weren't divisible by his lucky number, 9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ne_…
The hyperinflation of German currency got so bad that in 1919 a loaf of bread cost β„³4.00 marks but by 1923, a loaf of bread cost β„³650,000,000. Restrooms had to post signage asking patrons to use toilet paper instead of currency as the currency was clogging the toilets and plumbing. learnsomethinginteresting…
The Incas referred to their civilization as β€œThe Four Regions”. Despite lacking a writing system, livestock, wheel technology and currency, they covered more territory than any other pre-Colombian society. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
During WWII, the US government recalled all paper currency circulating in Hawaii and replaced it with notes stamped with "HAWAII". In the event of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii, all currency captured would be easily identifiable and would be rendered worthless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
During the Great Depression, fake currency called Depression Scrip (which were things such as shells, wood, paper, etc) was used as local currency instead of US dollars due to banks being closed. depressionscrip.com
The $2 bill makes up 1% of currency circulation. Its scarcity in daily use has confused some merchants who believe the bill to be fake. A 13 year-old girl in Texas was detained by Police when she tried to pay for her school lunch w/a $2 bill, b/c the school’s counterfeit pen wouldn’t work on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In medievel England, eels were used and accepted , to an extent, as currency, mostly in rental agreements. Many rental agreements, where the landlord would stipulate the rent due in "eel currency" were found. 25 eels would be a "stick". 10 sticks a bind. historiacartarum.org/eel-…
Between 2007 and 2009, Zimbabwe’s currency reached an inflation rate of 79,000,000,000%, with the government printing 100 Billion dollar bills to keep up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Today I learned of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with only two citizens, it has been described as the smallest sovereign state in the world. It has Observer Status at the UN and has its own currency, passports, and postage stamps. It claims continuity from a crusader order over 900 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Andrew Carnegie by the time of his death in 1919 had already given away roughly 90% of his wealth. He is one of the richest Americans in history and the total money donated by him would equate to ~$65,000,000,000 in today's currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
In the past, compressed blocks of dried tea were used as currency en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The $2 bill makes up 1% of currency circulation. Its scarcity in daily use has confused some merchants who believe the bill to be fake. A 13 y/o girl in Texas was detained by Police when she tried to pay for her school lunch with a $2 bill, b/c the school’s counterfeit pen wouldn’t work on it. abc13.com/1314203/
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…
The first place to use the Euro as their currency was in Africa. The French island of Reunion adopted the Euro at midnight on 31st December 2001, a few hours ahead of the rest of the Eurozone irishtimes.com/news/frenc…
French Guiana situated in South America and bordered by Brazil and Suriname is, in fact, an overseas territory of France and therefore part of the European Union and uses the Euro as it's currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Qeen Elizabeth II’s portrait has graced the currencies of 33 different countries , Canada being the first in 1935. content.time.com/time/spe…
The Majority of American currency is contaminated with traces of cocaine. scientificamerican.com/ar…
BerkShares are an alt-currency in the United States designed and issued for the Berkshire region of Massachusetts with the purpose of fostering local economic growth. Residents purchase them at 95 cents (USD) per BerkShare and around 400 businesses in the area accept them. centerforneweconomics.org…
It wasn't until 15 February 1971 (Decimal Day) that the UK decimalised its currency. Before this date in the UK, each pound was made up of 20 shillings, each shiling was made up of 12 pence, which meant each pound was 240 pence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Singapore and Brunei currency can be use in each other country straitstimes.com/business…
VISA obtained a patent in November 2019 to convert US money into a digital currency controlled by central bank coindesk.com/visa-digital…
Pakistan used Indian currency notes from 1947 to 1948, Indian notes were stamped with β€˜Government of Pakistan’ title | The Reserve Bank of India acted as the common currency authority for India and Pakistan until September 1948 insider.pk/business/money…
, 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…
In 1924 China's main currency was the Mexican dollar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
In China the Yuan is the physical medium of exchange, but the official currency of China is called the Renminbi. investopedia.com/articles…
There was a campaign to rename the Australian Dollar to 'Dollarydoo' after an episode of The Simpsons. Supporters claimed it would increase demand for the currency. stuff.co.nz/business/worl…
In WWII, Gillette created covert kits for POWs that contained Gillette grooming items, but also other secret supplies like razor-blade compasses, counterfeit German currency, and maps of enemy territory. gillette.com/en-us/about/…
Chinese leader Sun Yat-sen is revered in both mainland China and Taiwan. In Taiwan, he is viewed as the "Father of the Nation" and his image appears on currency. In China, he is seen as the "Forerunner of the Revolution" and is mentioned by name in the Preamble of the Chinese Constitution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is actually really highly regarded compared to other silver currencies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania & South Sudan have kicked off a process to unify with a single constitution, common market & currency en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned about the "Bloodbath of B-R5BR", a war from EVE Online MMORPG videogame that lasted about more than 20 hours in real life, and reached $330,000 in costs due in-game currency to supply, reinforce and strategic purpouses by both sides at conflict. polygon.com/2014/1/30/536…
Today I learned of the "Big Mac Index" a way to measure how much a country's currency is valued by comparing Big Mac prices. Unlike the burger, it "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
A 1970s East German currency shortage lead to the modern Vietnamese coffee industry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
William Chaloner was a prolific 17th century criminal. He was a well known currency forger. At various times he made and sold dildos and worked as a quack doctor, soothsayer, and agent provocateur to collect government rewards. He was eventually proven guilty of high treason by Sir Isaac Newton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The annual 72,500 roubles rent that USA payed for the ambassadors house in Moscow was equal to 3 dollars in 2001 post-soviet inflation value. Since the US-Soviet contract didn't provide for currency fluctuations, USA argued that the rent should stay fixed. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Ithaca, NY has its own currency known as an HOUR and is valued at ~10 USD ithacahours.com/
The Kyrgyz are not poor. Though paper money is almost nonexistent, many camps’ herds contain hundreds of valuable animals. The basic unit of Kyrgyz currency is a sheep. A cell phone costs one sheep. A yak costs about 10 sheep. A high-quality horse is 50. The going rate for a bride is 100. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The strongest currency in the world is the Kuwaiti Dinar. (1 Kuwaiti Dinar = $3.29 USD) fxssi.com/top-10-of-the-s…
The Micronesian island of Yap used stone disks, known as "Rai stones", as currency en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
There is an island in the pacific called Yap that uses circular stones as currency. The stones are too large to move so the ownership of the stones is passed by word of mouth to transact business. The location of the stone is irrelevant even in the case of one lost on the bottom of the sea npr.org/blogs/money/2011/…
Only 8% of the world's currency exists in physical form. The rest exists only on a computer. money.howstuffworks.com/c…
Tide detergent is frequently stolen and used as currency by criminals. nymag.com/news/features/t…
Bahraini currency is the 2nd highest valued currency in the world. Bahrain is known as the business capital of the Persian Gulf and "extreme poverty" virtually does not exist in Bahrain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
Great Britain sold much of their American investments, and borrowed currency from Wall Street and the American government for the war effort in World War 1 (WWI). In 1931, 4.4 billion USD was still owed. The last payment on that debt was made nearly a century after the war's end, in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Parenthesis around currency means it is a negative amount in common accounting practices. docs.microsoft.com/en-us/…
The European Union released a zero euro bank note for pure collective purposes. The bill itself has no value as it’s denomination states. However, it is printed on genuine currency paper and has many of the same security features present in the other euro bank notes. banknoteworld.com/zero-eu…
In 1823, Gregor MacGregor created a national currency and flag of the fictional republic of Poyais and got 250 investor colonists to buy land and travel across the world to a jungle island where most of them died. ancestry.co.uk/contextux/…
For free, the US Treasury Department provides blind US citizens with a machine to read their currency for them. "The iBill is compact enough to slip into a side pocket. It can identify all US currency," They have also developed free apps to read currency with a smartphone. afb.org/info/living-with-…
The Qing government hired two American engravers in the early 1900s to establish a Chinese Bureau of Engraving and Printing so that China could produce its own stamps and currency. Washington architects designed a eleven-building plant in Beijing for over $5 million postalmuseum.si.edu/pacif…
The most popular prison currency is no longer cigarettes, but ramen noodles. bigthink.com/laurie-vazqu…
Rapper Akon has his own crypto currency called Akoin investopedia.com/news/sin…
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government was worried Japan would invade Hawaii and seize all the U.S. currency there. As a precaution, the U.S. burned $200 million in cash circulating on the islands, and replaced them with freshly printed bills with β€œHawaii” stamped on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
In 2005, bottle caps were used as a form of 'currency' in Cameroon. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
An elderly man in China tried to buy a train ticket using currency not in circulation since 1949. He wanted to pay for a train ticket costing 12.5 yuan with a 500 yuan banknote and was informed his 1943 note is no longer legal tender. They are now worth over $100 bbc.com/news/blogs-news-f…
That, while filming The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese suggested to Margot Robbie that her character Naomi would wear a robe to seduce Jordan. Margot insisted on being nude. She later explained: β€˜β€˜The whole point of Naomi is that her body is her only form of currency in this world.’’ telegraph.co.uk/culture/f…
Today I learned about Vietnam War Sergeant Donald Morrison who fought in court vs the U.S. claiming he was the rightful owner of $150,000 in U.S. currency. His squad discovered the loot in a cave during a Search and Destroy mission in 1968. leagle.com/decision/19741…
Paper money backed by tobacco was used as a currency in Virginia and Maryland during the 18th century, due to a shortage of metal currency nbbmuseum.be/en/2015/06/m…
Botswana’s currency ”Pula” translates to rain because of its scarcity. Thus, highly valuable and considered a blessing. πŸ‡§πŸ‡Ό worldatlas.com/amp/articl…
The United States Secret Service was founded to investigate and combat counterfeit U.S. currency. Only after the assassination of McKinley in 1901 was it tasked with protecting the President. secretservice.gov/about/f…
Today I learned about Rai Stones, large donut-shaped stones weighing up to 4 tons which were used as currency on the island of Yap. Because it is hard to move the stones, buying something simply involves agreeing the stone changes ownership and 'recording' it in oral history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
The US already had a woman on paper currency. Martha Washington was on the $1 bill antiquemoney.com/value-of…
Those tiny odd ink stamps on large currency bills are referred to as "Chopmarks". They are used so that a currency dealer does not have to study a note closely, if it already has his chop showing that he did that before. They will then accept back the note if found to be a forgery. coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n…
George Washington and his compatriots once ran up a bar tab that would be close to $15,000 in modern currency! businessinsider.com/georg…
The World Bank stopped tracking inflation in Zimbabwe in November 2008, when it reached 79.6 billion percent. One year later, the country abandoned its currency. The exchange rate at the time was $35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars to $1 USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
The eagle featured on U.S. currency was modeled on a real bald eagle named Peter who used to live on top of the U.S. Mint. After his death in 1836, Peter was stuffed and is still on display inside the very building upon which he once nested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
A movement seeks to rename the Australian dollar to the "dollarydoo", based on a classic 'The Simpsons' episode. Doing so would increase demand for the currency and strengthen the Australian economy, organizers claim. marketwatch.com/story/a-p…
American currency is green because back when it was created, at the time of black of white photos, green was used as an anti-counterfeiting measure and it continued being a stable and durable color history.com/news/why-is-a…
A unit of currency used in British North America was a β€˜made beaver’, the skin of a male beaver collected in winter months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Tea, in the form of bricks, was used as currency from the 9th-20th centuries in China, Russia, and several other Asian countries. The Chinese Emperor himself had exclusive control of the production of tea as a currency. nbbmuseum.be/en/2009/08/t…
The Dutch East India Company is considered the world’s first multinational corporation. It was a β€œcompany-State” that over its 200-year history, had stockholders, occupied territory, minted currency and even tried/executed prisoners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dut…
The virtual currencies of games like RuneScape are worth more than the currency of Venezuela bloomberg.com/news/articl…
The 1890 "Grand Watermelon" $1000 banknote is the β€œHoly Grail of American currency." It was considered too ornate at the time, and replaced in 1891. Only seven are known to exist, and in 2018 one sold for over $2 million. news.justcollecting.com/g…
All US currency ever issued is still considered legal tender. federalreserve.gov/faqs/c…
The lowest denomination of Mexican currency is the 10-centavo coin, a very small silver coin that is rarely used. But for the Bank of MΓ©xico, it costs 19 centavos to produce mexiconewsdaily.com/news/…
The word β€œdollar” - and the names of several other currencies past and present - is derived from the β€œthaler”, a type of European coin in circulation for centuries whose name originally comes from the German word for β€œvalley”... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JΓ‘c…
, legally, you must be dead to appear on U.S. currency thesprucecrafts.com/only-…
Today I learned of a currency called "Maria Theresa thaler" that has been continuously used in world trade since 1741 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
One of the most well known Presidents of the USA, Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt, was against putting "In God We Trust" on currency, saying it would "... cheapen such a motto by use on coins, postage stamps, or ads" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1993 the Bank of Mexico introduced a new currency, the nuevo peso. Three zeros were stripped from the peso and confusion was avoided by making the "nuevo peso" currency almost identical to the old "peso". Both of them circulated at the same time, while the "peso" was removed from circulation merrypenny.com/currency/w…
The Mayans used Cocoa beans as a form of currency. Even these were counterfeited, by forgers who would empty the beans and fill them with mud to equal one bean. nbbmuseum.be/en/2013/03/k…
The pound currency sign ("Β£") is a fancy "L" - based on the Latin for "pound" (libra) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pou…
While playing the game Hearthstone, Twitch livestreamer Kripparian once had so many duplicate cards that he could have taken down the game's servers at any moment by using the in-game feature that allows one to instantly turn all of their duplicate cards into in-game currency. pcgamer.com/hearthstone-s…
There are US currency notes still circulating over $100: $500, $1000, $5000 and even $10,000 notes! moneyfactory.gov/uscurren…
Japanese Yen and Chinese Yuan use the same currency sign Β₯ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yen…
The currency of the former African country of Zaire (now the DRC) was the zaire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zai…
In Congo Free State, ruled by King Leopold II of Belgium, severed hands became a sort of currency, used when the rubber quotas weren't reached. The Force Publique soldiers were paid on the basis of how many hands they collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atr…
In 2005 beer bottle caps were used as currency in parts of Cameroon, do to a promotion frenzy by rival breweries. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
Botswana's currency is named Pula which literally means "rain" in their official language. This is because rain is very scarce in Botswana β€” home to much of the Kalahari Desert β€” and therefore valuable and a blessing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
In 1987, dictator Ne Win demonetised the Burmese currency and introduced new 45 and 90-kyat banknotes, given that these two numbers were multiples of his 'lucky number' 9 and their digits also added up to it. theguardian.com/news/2002…
In 1935, a con man was arrested for selling his victims a "currency copier", purportedly capable of reproducing $100 bills. The day before his trial, he fashioned sheets into a rope and slipped out the window, pretending to be a window washer as he shimmied down the building. smithsonianmag.com/histor…

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