It may look like Monopoly money, but local currencies are really growing today — Governing magazine takes a look at these non-money monies.
I remember when I was a kid we went to Fort Detroit and I bought a little envelope with artificially-aged reprints of old U.S. and Confederate money inside. I know a lot of other tourist-traps sold this stuff, and over the years it has apparently lost the connection to souvenir status and people think they’ve got the real thing. Check this list before getting excited about your Confederate money: it’s likely to be a souvenir reprint like mine.
Tonight the Smithsonian Channel will air a documentary on the elusive Double Eagle gold coin, but if you don’t get it in your area or are impatient, the whole thing is on YouTube.
The Atlantic gets a little conspiracy-theory about the possibility of eliminating cash altogether..or is it more true than you’d like to believe?