The Aztecs used cacao beans as currency and it was considered more valuable than gold. history.com/topics/ancien…
For a while in the 2010s, you could rent the country of Liechtenstein on Airbnb for $70,000 a night. This included hanging out with the monarch, temporary currency, the ability to rename streets and a key to country. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about the EURion constellation. A constellation of dot or patterns hiddenly arranged on currencies to prevent their being copied or photoshopped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EUR…
Up until the mid twentieth century in China, coins produced during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127CE) were unofficially used as currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
. Only 8% of the world's currency exists as physical cash. The rest exists only on a computer hard drive in electronic bank accounts around the world. money.howstuffworks.com/c…
American currency went as high as $10,000, with $5,000, $1,000 and $500 bills also in circulation. They were discontinued in 1969 for β€œlack of use.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
The Belize dollar is tied to the US dollar at a perpetual 2:1 ratio, has a picture of the Queen on it, and it's illegal for residents to hold foreign currency in local accounts belize.com/currency-conve…
50 years ago, the British decimalised their currency. Before February 1971, the British pound was made up of 20 shillings, each of which was made up of 12 pence, a total of 240 pence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
The currencies with the most banknotes and coins in circulation per inhabitant are (all in USD): Swiss franc (10,194), Hong Kong dollar (8,471), Japanese yen (8,290), Singapore dollar (6,378), US dollar (5,248), Euro (4,230), Australian dollar (2,403), and Korean won (2,003) stats.bis.org/statx/srs/t…
175 quadrillion (175,000,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwean dollars was exchanged for 5 US Dollars when Zimbabwe was phasing out its local currency in 2015. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afri…
French Guiana is a full fledged department/region of France, similar to how Hawaii is a US state. It is part of the European Union and its official currency is the Euro. The same applies to other overseas French departments. welcometofrance.com/en/re…
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…
Military Payment Certificates were a form of currency used to pay U.S. military personnel in certain foreign countries from 1946 until 1973. The styles were frequently changed to prevent hoarding and to deter black marketers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
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…
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-…
Today I learned about the Berlin Airlift, an American and British operation that flew a peak of 12,941 tons of food, fuel and other necessities daily to West Berlin between 1948 ans 1949, because of a land blockade imposed by the Soviet Union trying to stop the use of a west backed currency in the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
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…
Gold coins are carried by elite military units as emergency currency in war and conflict situations behind enemy lines bullionstar.com/blogs/ron…
The abbreviations used for pre-decimal British currency were L for pounds, s for shillings and d for pence because these were the abbreviations for the Latin currency denominations librae (L), solidi (s) and denarii (d) retrowow.co.uk/retro_brit…
Due to hyper-inflation in Zimbabwe, 8 foreign currencies were used as legal tender: US $, British Β£, Japanese Β₯, Chinese Β₯, Indian β‚Ή, Australian $, South African rand, and Botswana pula. Due to the scarcity of small change, shops often gave change in sweets, cellphone airtime, and even condoms bbc.com/news/world-africa…
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 $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…
The US government has hundreds of millions in $2 bills stored in a bunker ready to use as currency in the event of a nuclear war. wbur.org/npr/533711528/in…
The US bureau of engraving gives away free US currency readers to blind and visually impaired people. bep.gov/resources/meaning…
Just 8% of the worlds currency is physical money, the rest is held on computers. money.howstuffworks.com/c…
In Niue their currency features Disney, Star Wars and Pokemon characters and this was done by the country's officials in a bid to boost their economy and put their island on the map procaffenation.com/niue-c…
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…
Only 8% of the world's currency exists in physical form. The rest exists only on a computer money.howstuffworks.com/c…
Eels were used as currency in medieval England: time.com/5886487/eels-his…
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_…
Today I learned about the island of Yap, where huge circular stones up to 4m in size are used as a form of currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Today I learned about the Totnes Pound, a complementary local currency intended to support the local economy of Totnes, a town in Devon, England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
Today I learned about the Bloodbath of B-R5RB, the largest player-versus-player online battle in history. It took place in the game EVE Online and in-game damages amounted to an approximate real-currency value of $300,000-330,000 USD. Over 7000 players took part in the nearly 20-hour battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
The top 5 most expensive virtual gaming items ever sold are all part of a 17-year old MMORPG called Entropia Universe that uses in-game currency that can be sold for U.S. dollars. This includes a nightclub that sold for $635,000 and Planet Calypso, an entire planet that sold for $6 million. youtu.be/OTPLp5u3iSU
In Niue, a small islet in the Pacific Ocean that is territory of New Zealand, PokΓ©mon money is a real thing, along with currency embossed with other PokΓ©mon characters or pop culture references such us Darth Vader, Mickey Mouse or The Disney Princesses procaffenation.com/niue-c…
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…
Cayman Island is just 260 Sq. Km (approx 16 km*16 km) with a population of nearly 65,000 has nearly 100,000 registered companies with a ratio of 1.5 companies per person. Caymanians have the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. Their currency = 1.2 US $. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cay…
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…
Each US banknote weighs 1 gram, no matter the denomination, so because there are 454 grams in a pound, there are always 454 bills in every pound of currency. uscurrency.gov/about-us/c…
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-…
Today I learned of a currency that was printed, but never used as legal tender - the Ural franc was supposed to be used in the Ural Republic when the USSR collapsed, but the new country's creation was unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
The first Celtic currency of Britain consisted of iron bars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…
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…
In 1739, Benjamin Franklin was pivotal in the commencement of American paper currency and anti-counterfeit measures. He even went as far as intentionally misspelling words and using leaf imprints to fool counterfeiters. bellevuerarecoins.com/ben…
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…
Ecuador uses the U. S. Dollar as its currency. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuado…
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…
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…
Bricks of compressed black tea (mǐ zhΕ«an chΓ‘) were used as currency in Tibet, Mongolia and Siberia in the 19th and early 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
That the West African nation of CΓ΄te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) issued coins with a piece of ivory - the country's namesake - embedded in them. However, as it is illegal to use elephant ivory in currency, they used a piece of fossilised mammoth tooth instead wanderlust.co.uk/content/…

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