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June 1, — There are areas in numismatics that are something for specialists. They have many advantages. One such advantage is that you can always buy extremely rare, interesting and valuable coins below their actual value.
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Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage. World coinage reveals the dramatic history of the 20th century. Wars and revolutions, the collapse of European colonial empires, and the decline of Soviet-style communism led to the creation of new independent states, almost all of which issue their own coins. This new money promotes political ideologies and asserts cultural identity.
Originally cast during the Warring States periodthese coins continued to be used for the entirety of Imperial China as well as under Mongoland Manchu rule. The last Chinese cash coins were cast in the first year of the Republic of China. Generally most cash coins were made from copper or bronze alloys, with ironleadand zinc coins occasionally used less often throughout Chinese history.
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The current design was first minted in using Japanese characters known as the " new script ", and were also minted from — using "old-script" Japanese characters. Five-yen coins date to when, due to the much higher value of the yen, they were minted in gold. The modern-day coin was first produced in with a different styled inscription.
Money as a concept is a strange one. But sometimes, thanks to rarity, historical happenstance, or minting or printing errors, our cash is worth more than its face value. Occasionally, a lot more—as in the case of the 10 most expensive coins and banknotes in the world.