Canada Penny Getting Retired

According to Canada’s recently-released 2012 federal budget plan, the Royal Canadian Mint will stop making new pennies in 2012. The penny will remain legal tender (in other words you can still…

Reading Arabic Numbers and Dates

There are several modern numeral systems used in the world today that use symbols other than 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… (known frequently as Western Arabic or European numerals) that many of…

Smiley-Face Penny

A smiley-face penny I recently found this in a bag of mixed foreign coins – a US penny with a smiley face (smile) cut into it. Actually it looks more…

Croatia Joining the European Union

Croatia 10, 20, and 50 lipa coins On January 22, 2012, citizens of Croatia voted to approve their country joining the European Union (Croatia first applied to the EU in…

Coins with Holes (Holed Coins)

  Ancient Chinese “cash” coin Americans, when asked about coins with holes in them, probably picture the old Chinese “cash” coins which are featured so prominently in Chinese-style decor.  These…

There is a blog that I like to check out frequently, at least once a week. World Coin News, run by David Rivera of Spain, has been running since 2006…