Canada once minted a $1 million dollar coin, which was promptly stolen and never found.
In 2008, the Chilean 50 peso was misspelled as “CHIIE” instead of “CHILE,” with a second “I” in place of the “L”. When the error was brought to light in 2009, Gregorio Iniguez, the director of the Chile Mint, and others were fired from their jobs.
U.S. Pennies dated 1944 – 1946 were minted with rifle and artillery-shell casings from WWII.
There are $100 coins that are legal U.S. tender. They weigh 1 ounce and are 99.95% platinum. This is the highest face value ever to appear on a U.S. coin.
The most valuable legal tender coin in the world is a $1 million coin made in Australia. But being that it weighs 1,000kg and is 99.99% pure gold, it is worth almost $45 million.
The first official US coin said, “Mind your business.”
In 1792 criminals saw they could make a good profit by filing shavings from the sides of gold and silver coins and selling the precious metal, which is why coins now have ridges on their sides.
In the UK, there is a limit to the number of coins you can use in a transaction.
Chile printed a number of 50 peso coins in 2008 that misspelled the name of their country as “Chiie”. No one noticed until 2009, at which point the director of the Mint lost his job.
A pound of dimes is worth exactly the same as a pound of quarters.