Thursday, June 19, 2008

World of Coins

Yesterday I was thinking about all the countries for which I've found coins since I started my coin project last year in May. I made a list of the countries broken down by continent. Here it is:

NORTH AMERICA

United States
Bahamas
Bermuda
Barbados
Canada
Netherlands Antilles
Dominican Republic
Aruba
Cayman Islands
Mexico
Guatemala
East Caribbean States/British Caribbean Territories
Turks and Caicos Islands
Jamaica*
Trinidad and Tobago*
Panama

SOUTH AMERICA

Ecuador
Paraguay
Columbia
Brazil
Peru*
Guyana

EUROPE***

United Kingdom
Portugal (Euro)
Germany
Sweden
Ireland
Switzerland
Luxembourg
Iceland
Belgium
Czech Republic
Netherlands
Greece
France
Norway
Spain
Italy

ASIA

Israel
Taiwan
Singapore
Philippines
United Arab Emirates
Thailand
Hong Kong
South Korea
India
China**
Cambodia**
Japan*
Malaysia*

AFRICA

Kenya
Somalia
Morocco

AUSTRALIA

Australia
New Zealand

* non-roll find, mostly coin counter rejects
** collected in situ
*** Euro coins are only listed if pre-Euro coins have not been found

I'm constantly amazed at the variety and it never surprises me too much to find a coin from an obscure country in a roll. In my opinion, the list mostly reflects US travel habits; Africa is underrepresented, while Caribbean countries are well represented. My dream right now is find a really old foreign coin. I've read a handful of stories about other CRH'ers finding Roman or mideval coins. That would be incredible. So far my oldest foreign coin find is 1920.

At home things are improving. Meg and Henry are feeling much better. All of us were able to get some good sleep last night.

Found: 1 quarter (at Papa Gino's)

2 comments:

Jack said...

I am using www.worldcoins.info to buy coins from many countries

Dean M said...

I'm glad to hear the family are on the mend :)