World Coins

Filed under World Coins

Various monetary systems are used all over the world, and there are all types of coins that differ from country to country. Including several world coins in your collection can offer a great deal of diversity, ranging from typical Northern American coins to those found in Africa, Japan, and even New Zealand. 

Africa is a country that is full of culture and diversity, and each coin represents a small piece of what Africa has to offer. The rand is the current currency in Africa, which replaced the pound in 1961. The most collectible coins come from the time period where the African pound was used, and the African coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 3, and 6 pence, 1, 2, 2 ½ and 5 shillings, ½ and 1 pond. They were all originally struck in silver, but gold was introduced and gold coins were struck until 1932. The South African Krugerrand Gold Coin is one of the most collected African coins, and was introduced in 1967 in order to help market South African gold. 

China and Japan have also contributed many coins to the world coins collection, and both countries bring coins that are unique and beautiful for any collection. The Chinese coin was originally made using a casting system rather being struck with dies, which makes them unique in the way they were made. Most Chinese coins were circle with a square hole cut out of the center, and contain Chinese letters and symbolic pictures surrounding the hole. The Japanese also used the same style for their older coins, and were made out of copper, silver, iron, and gold depending on the denomination of the coin. The Japanese coin contained a hole in the center for convenience, so they could be strung on a string and carried around that way.  

Australian coins are not as old as many other world coins, due mostly to Australia relying on other countries to supply coins until they developed their own monetary system. Rum and even tobacco were sometimes used as currency, until 1910 when Australian coins were introduced into the economy. Several Australian and Oceanic coins were considered legal tender in Australia for a long period of time, and each coin was given an exchange value to follow the monetary system used in Australia. The Spanish dollar, Rupee, Pagoda, and even the English Shilling were all considered legal tender in Australia, until British currency became the legal currency of Australia in 1825.

New Zealand coins, Greek coins, and even Northern and Central American coins are all different and unique in their own ways, since they come from different monetary systems and represent different cultures and backgrounds from all over the world. Canadian coins such as the Canadian Maple Leaf Gold coin are great to add to any world coins collection, since even the older coins represent a small part of Canada in each small coin. Mexican coins are also very special pieces to have, since they portray the various leaders and culture changes Mexico has experiences throughout its history. 

Adding a world coin to your collection is a great way to learn something new, since each coin represents something different from somewhere in our great world. Various monetary systems and coins from all over the world include pictures of famous leaders, unique and beautiful art, and struggles each country has encountered during their history.


One Response to “World Coins”
  1. Koichi Ito says:

    How I can buy coins from People’s zrepublic of China and Russia? Do Chinese mint in Beijing or Shaighai sell coins? And Do Russian mint in Moscow or St. Peterberg sell coins?

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!