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Coin quiz!

While sorting through our change jar, I found coins in 12 different currencies. How many of the countries can you identify? (Click for full size.)

Bonus question: which of these coins is worth most? least? :-)


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May. 24th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Neat! I have most of those (my father travels a lot and when I was young he often brought back coins from the different countries he visited).
May. 24th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm embarrassed to admit how few I know. The one on the right bottom is probably from Scotland (I guess they mint their own coins?) and the one above it is possibly Italy. Also, there is a Franc and a Czech, uh, kronamacallit. Oh, and I guess that's a quarter. State quarters are cheating!
May. 25th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
The Bank of Scotland does indeed print its own banknotes, but this pound coin is just generically British; they have traditionally alternated designs to honor each of the member countries of the UK, so this is from a Scotland year.

Italy is correct, that's 10 eurocents.

The franc is a franc, but where is it from? France doesn't have francs anymore. :-)

The Czech Republic is right.

And it's actually a wacky nickel, not a quarter. Are they doing something weird with nickels now? I'm going to have a lot to learn when I get back to Pittsburgh! :-)
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May. 25th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
That one, as dubaiwalla guessed, is Hong Kong. They have some cute coins in Hong Kong!
May. 25th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
The UAE one is pretty obvious. The 'Two Dollars' one is probably from Hong Kong. But that's about as much as I can be reasonably sure of.
May. 25th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
There are probably a limited number of countries that would put an oil refinery on their coins, huh. :-)

And yep, that's Hong Kong.
May. 25th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
Looks more like a drilling rig than a refinery to me, but point taken.

I zoomed in on the picture, and can make out the name of Turkey. Another one is probably Thailand, although I suppose Cambodia is not out of the question.
May. 25th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
I thought it was a drilling rig too, but the internets told me it was a refinery. Could the internets be wrong? :-o

Turkey & Thailand are right.
May. 25th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
The UAE, Hong Kong, "wacky nickel" and GBP have been identified. I see 5 and 10 yen, and... 5 Sri Lankan Rupees? Or is that Thai baht? Feel like I should know the others, but I'm having a hard time.
May. 25th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
5 yen is correct, 10 yen isn't. :-)

And the top one is indeed 5 Thai baht. I ought to have some Sri Lankan rupees around somewhere, but apparently not in my change jar... hmm...
May. 25th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're right! Looking again, that doesn't look like a 10 yen at all!

I try to put all my coins into the Emirates Airline Foundation, but they add up... the coin situation is always a bit out of control.
May. 26th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
According to the Internet, the "10 Francs" at the top-left appears to be an OLD 10 Central African CFA francs (XAF). You wouldn't believe how long it took me to find another picture of these. The new design was introduced in 2006 and Wikipedia doesn't have any suggestion of the old one.

The one right below it is almost certainly a Qatari 25 dirham coin, although it's kind of hard to tell because the obverse of all the Qatari coins is the same. It might be a 5 dirham coin, but I have no idea where Marjorie would have got one of those so I'm sticking with 25. (This is the only one I guessed before looking it up, although if I'd thought about it for a while I could probably have managed 2HKD as well.)

The Turkish coin is probably a 10 (new) kuruş coin from 2005-2008; the design was changed for 2009. If it's old lira instead, it will say a silly large number on the back (100k lire, probably), but it's still only worth six cents.

As far as value goes, the 1GBP coin is almost certainly the most valuable of those mentioned so far, at US$1.44, followed by the 20 Czech koruny at about US$0.96. The least is probably 10 XAF at a little under two cents, although if the Qatari coin is only 5 dirhams rather than 25, it's worth less at just over a penny.

There are still some unidentified coins though; I'm particularly interested in the big brass-and-nickel one labeled in Arabic on the right. I'm sure if I remembered how to read Arabic I could figure it out!
May. 27th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
Yes indeed, that's 10 Central African CFA. We got it in 2007, so I guess the new coins hadn't hit Gabon yet.

The Qatari coin is 20 dirhams, not 25. :-)

The Turkish coin is indeed 100,000 old lira, worth 6 cents.

You're right about the most and least valuable, but the *second* most valuable one is actually the brass-and-nickel one, which is 10 Moroccan dirhams (worth $1.13). The Arabic indeed says المملكة المغربية (Kingdom of Morocco) on the left, but it's hard to tell in this picture.
May. 27th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
I was SURE it was 20, but I found MANY sources that insisted it was 25 and there had never been 20 dirham coins.


Since that one's no older than 2006 (it has the new Qatari emblem) it should say the amount in normal numbers on the back. Now I'm curious!
May. 27th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
And, since they've now all been identified, this is what they are (listed left to right in four rows):

10 Central African CFA francs (worth 2¢), 5 Thai baht (15¢), 20 Czech korun (97¢), 20 Qatari dirhams (5¢), 2 Hong Kong dollars (26¢), 10 Moroccan dirhams ($1.13), 5 Japanese yen (5¢), 100,000 old Turkish lira (6¢), 10 eurocents from Italy (12¢), 5 American cents (er, 5¢), 50 Emirati fils (14¢), and a British pound ($1.44).
May. 27th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
Hey, with all the values, it would be interesting to put them in order and see which countries make coins that are MUCH more or less elaborate than it seems like they ought to be, given how much they're worth. (Hint: Hong Kong and Japan have a big idea of themselves; Great Britain is actually quite humble in this respect.)
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Qatari coin is definitely 25, sorry! :)

Jun. 1st, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I went home and checked that evening, and sure enough it was 25.

I guess it says something that, in 6 years in Qatar, I've never actually *spent* one. And yet I only have 7 of them.
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