Take a look at our online guide of world coins trivia, featuring some very unusual coins. It really is a funny old world!
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India’s Rahul Samant holds the world record for a collection of coins from 230 countries. Here are some of the more off beat world coins that he may not have in his collection.
Turkey has issued some of the highest denomination coins ever made for circulation by a national government – 1 million, 750,000 and 500,000 lira.
Coins from Kandahar, Afghanistan, were at one stage made from old cooking pots.
The Isle of Man issued commemorative Harry Potter coins to celebrate the phenomenon of the boy wizard. Because the Isle of Man is a British Crown Dependency Queen Elizabeth appears on the front of the on-crown coins.
In the early years of his reign Saddam Hussein issued coins which were square, and others with scalloped edges.
The 1000 lire coin minted in Italy in 1997 depicted the growing unification of Europe as a bit too unified on the map on one side of the coin. The Netherlands was shown as part of Belgium and Denmark as part of Germany.
Japanese shogun produced rectangular coins for circulation in the 1850s.
The Congo Democratic Republic made a 10 franc coin in 2004.
The government of the Northern Marianas (a grove of islands in the Pacific Ocean about three-quarters of the way between Hawaii and the Philippines) issued a U.S. five dollar proof coin which has a pearl embedded in it.