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The Euro symbol is inspired by the Greek letter epsilon. This letter was chosen for being the first letter of Europe. The two lines appear together are a symbol of stability in the region where the Euro circulate. Similar lines also appear in the dollar (vertically) and the Japanese Yen representing the same concept.
There are coins of one and hundred pesetas in front of which can be seen the figure of Spanish King Juan Carlos I and back the symbol of Franco´s fascist government. These coins are dated in 1975.
Coins of one and two pesetas issued by the Government of Euskadi during the Spanish Civil War were minted in Belgium.
Between 1997 and 2002 in Colombia legally circulated currency of $ 1000 (Colombian Peso). Curiously, his life would be short (just over five years). He retired due to massive counterfeiting.
The first coin known to historians was the "Stater", used in the seventh century BC in Lydia, a region between Asia Minor and the Aegean Sea. Its invention is attributed to King Jijes, being struck in stone, oval shape, with a turtle engraved on its surface.
The word money comes from "Juno Moneta", name of the goddess whose temple with the first roman coins of silver.
Not only in Spain and Andorra legally circulated currency in the denomination peseta, since both in Equatorial Guinea and in the Sahrawi Arab also coins were minted with the name "peseta". In Puerto Rico, twenty-five cents coins are known popularly as the "peseta".
The first coins dating from the year 1234. Were minted in Denmark by the bishop of Roskilde.
The smallest coin that has circulated is the quarter Nepali Jawa minted in silver in 1740. Their measures were very small, an average of two millimeters of diameter and weighed only 0.010 grams.
He who seeks finds, and if no comment is what the officials working in the tax agency´s headquarters in Toledo. During archaeological excavations in this building was found a real treasure. 25 bronze coins dating from the fourth century appeared the busts of the emperors Constantius II and Valentinian II.Apparently someone buried during the most turbulent of the Roman Empire in the hope of later recall.
The German Thaler was a large silver coin that circulated in Central Europe in the late fifteenth century, which by custom the people called Daaler. Originally from the Tyrol, was popularized in other countries, where coins were minted inspired by the Thaler. Curiously, the Americans used the Thaler name to refer to the Spanish coin.
The name "dollar " is frankly bizarre and somewhat hilarious, with obvious connections to the previously mentioned Thaler. In 1535, the Spanish kings minted coins of silver metal using a newly discovered mine in Mexico. Following the European fashion of the time, this coin was called "thaler", although the Spanish residents of Mexican lands committed a grave error to mint the coins. Replaced the letters T and H by a D following the phonetic spelling. On April 4, 1792, George Washington adopted as the official currency of the United States "daler" Mexican, but soon she begins to draw dollar agreement with the phonetics of the English language.
We make a great leap in time and we move into the present century, when at the beginning of 2007, the Mint in Philadelphia struck an unknown number of new dollar coins. They forgot the motto "In God we trust". After a short time these coins and dollar was trading worth 400 Euros.
Although not exactly a numismatic curiosity, this story has coins as protagonists. In March 2009 a resident of Plas de Rei (Lugo) paid to provincial Provincial Traffic fined one hundred and five Euros with coins of one, two and five Euro cents. The official who attended had to count all the coins. In the first count of fifty-three cents and the latter missed forty-one of the amount indicated. These were paid by the two coins of twenty cents and one of ten. The official reported that the security company was responsible for making the final tally. If money left over, what you paid back.
However, in Japan there is a law limiting to twenty the number of coins that can be given time to pay. The store has the right to refuse payment if the coins exceed this number.
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