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27 Cool Photos Of International Coins

Money. It’s not all that matters, but not much else matters without it. For this week’s Shooting Challenge , we had you photograph money. Specifically, coins. And the results were fantastic.

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Mark Wilson

April 14th

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Neat animation shows what European coins looked like before the Euro

The German Mark. Lithuanian Litas. Estonian Kroon. Irish Pound. Slovenian Tolar. Portuguese Escudo. Greek Drachma. Slovak Koruna. Maltese Lira. Finnish Markka. Dutch Guilder. Spanish Peseta. Luxembourgish Franc. Belgian Franc. Italian Lira. Cypriot Pound. Austrian Schilling. French Franc. Latvian Lats. All got replaced by the Euro.

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Casey Chan

April 8th

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Why You Should Always Catch the Coin to Make a Toss Fair


When you throw a coin in the air to make a decision, you'd expect the outcome of the toss to be 50-50 whether you catch it or let it land on the ground. But, according to randomness expert Persi Diaconis, that's simply not true.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 2nd

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The U.S. killed the half-penny when it was worth what a dime is today

The U.S. killed the half-penny when it was worth what a dime is today

It seems like every week there's a new argument to remove the penny from circulation. But did you know that the U.S. once had a half-cent? When the U.S. stopped making them in 1857, they had the buying power of over a dime by today's standards. Which makes the most excellent case to scrap the penny, right now. And nickels too, while we're at it.

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Alissa Walker on Factually, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo

September 25th

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Thoughts for Your Penny: The One-Cent Piece Is Worth a Century of Type

Thoughts for Your Penny: The One-Cent Piece Is Worth a Century of Type

Every few years, there are calls to retire the American penny (as cumbersome and too expensive to produce), and rebuttals to preserve it (for posterity and price stability). I don't know how or when this question will be answered. Personally, I would not miss the gobs of metal in my pockets, but I would miss the lettering. And the numbering.

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Tobias Frere-Jones

April 23rd

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Watch a Nickel Transformed Into a Tiny, Intricate Sculpture

Watch a Nickel Transformed Into a Tiny, Intricate Sculpture

Imagine an alternate world where are coins are graced not by unsmiling presidents but Frankenstein, ET, skulls, pirates—hell, even a butt. That's the funny, fanciful world of Italian artist Paolo Curcio.

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Sarah Zhang

January 1st

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Holy wow, you can actually swim like Scrooge McDuck in this bank vault

Holy wow, you can actually swim like Scrooge McDuck in this bank vault

People of Earth, dreamers of the universe and possible alien organisms of the beyond: you can swim like Scrooge McDuck in a Swiss bank vault in real life. Like, literally swim in money. This is incredible. A bank safe swimming pool filled with 8 million Swiss coins is being auctioned off to the highest bidder who wants to fulfill every person's childhood (and adult) dream of swimming in money.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

December 12th

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The Only Thing These Superman Coins Will Rescue Is Canada’s Economy

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Andrew Liszewski

September 12th

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Crazy Criminal Stole $210,000 in Quarters from Parking Meters

Crazy Criminal Stole $210,000 in Quarters from Parking Meters

A Buffalo, NY, parking meter mechanic, for example, ran his lucrative criminal conspiracy one quarter at a time. Over eight years, he managed to steal $210,000, or five tons of quarters from modified meters. That’s a lot of pocket change.

James Bagarozzo, quarter-rich criminal mastermind, had worked out a pretty good system for himself. As a mere parking meter mechanic, he had permission to tinker with the machines, but not to actually access their coin canisters. So in order to skim coin, he just retrofitted some of the older meters with modifications that squirreled away all the quarters in a separate compartment he could access.

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Eric Limer

August 21st

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Crazy Criminal Stole $210,000 in Quarters From Rigged Parking Meters

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Eric Limer

August 21st

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