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notes from a small island

curiouswombat in photo_scavenger


If you live where I do, you don't have to collect coins to come up with an interesting selection easily.

It took me a few minutes this afternoon, asking a couple of friends to also look in their pockets, to come up with this selection simply of 50p pieces!

fifty pences


Oooh, I like 'em!
Our odd shaped coins ( the 20p is a similar shape but smaller) do confuse all our continental, euro-using, visitors!
You don't always think on it but lots of coins are very lovely. I don't rember that I've seen yours before. Are they the same in Englad?

And you managed a great pic of them. I sat last night trying to take pics of my little collection. Not so good. I'll see what I can post.
Becuase it is TT we have a lot of British visitors at the moment - and the Manx happily accept British money with no qualms - which s why we could get such a good selection together.

In fact the top one, and the middle one of the bottom row, are British ones commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross in 2006; the bottom right is a 2005 one commemorating 250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language; bottom left is a standard British 'default' showing part of the royal arms, and only the middle two are actually Manx - showing the TT (of course), and Milner Tower, which is on a headland in the south of the island.
Very attractive coins. Little works of art.
Aren't they just? And there are a lot of even better ones around - these were simply what I could rustle up at the time.

Of these, I think the British one bottom right, to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, is my favourite.
That's a really interesting arrangement, and interesting coins. Ours have more sides to them, I'm not sure if it is 8 or 10. I would check, but I just got rid of 2 of them at the shop. They are so bulky it is damaging the wallet, so I try to keep them moving as quickly as possible.
I don't mind having a heap of 50p coins - it is the 2p ones that take up space for very little buying power!
I just checked the 50 cent coin and it is twelve sided. We haven't had anything smaller than a 5 cent coin for many years now, and also have $1 and $2 coins, so the smallest folding (plastic) money is $5. The 5 cent coin is about the same as a sixpence used to be, and I have to wonder how much longer that will be in circulation.

I might do a post of Australian money, since some of you may not be familiar with it. Thanks for giving me the idea. I want to try and catch up with Photoscavenger.
Fascinating, and beautiful! The bottom row right one looks like a piece from a pirate's treasure.
The bottom row right one looks like a piece from a pirate's treasure.

It does, rather, doesn't it!