The motivation for pulp-novel pirates, mines all across South America in the 1500s, and deep-sea salvagers everywhere, the silver Spanish Dollar is ubiquitous.
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.
For hundreds of years, pounding coins into trees for good luck has made some interesting trees in Scotland.
The Lincoln penny has been around since 1909, and while it has mostly looked the same, Gizmodo uses a designer’s eye to take a close look at the penny.
Chris Ware tells the story of the life of a 1929 penny.
There’s lots of videos on YouTube of people making rings out of silver coins – here’s a particularly mesmerizing one of a Kennedy Half becoming jewelry.
In October, 2013, protesters in Switzerland poured eight million coins in the national square in Berne, to advocate for a minimum living guaranteed wage for all Swiss citizens.
Aside from playing with millions of coins in the streets, and pushing them around with brooms, those protesters are now selling all the coins — complete with a genuine Swiss Bank vault, to any interested party, effectively giving everyone the Scrooge McDuck Money Bin experience, albeit on a smaller scale. The face value of the coins is about 400,000 Swissbucks, so you’ve got at least that much guaranteed value in it — but if you buy the safe, add another couple hundred thousand Swiss francs worth of nickels, and make a fortune renting it out to people who want to dive into a money bin…wait, I guess that might not be such a good idea.
Want to know more about the holes in the yen? Here’s the skinny on Japanese coinage.