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Asian Money Sure is Purty

Ben, a family friend, recently got back from a trip to Asia.

One of these illustrious Bens is our friend Ben.

One of these illustrious Bens is our friend Ben.

His daughter lives in China, so off he went to visit her.  After catching up, he took the opportunity to gad about Asia a bit.  His itinerary included, besides China, visits to Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Ben's trip to Asia

We have a collection of foreign money that friends and family have given to us.  I wrote about the coins in a previous post – Naked People on Coins and Other Fascinating Numismatic Discoveries.  Ben was nice enough to bring home a handful of paper money for the kids, in duplicate even (so there would be no fighting).  I couldn’t believe how vibrant and colorful the money was!

Rainbow money

I decided this pile of rainbow money was blog worthy.  And since I am writing a post, why not turn it into a contest?  I am not running a suburban soccer league, so not everyone will be a winner.  Of course, there is no prize or even recognition beyond the microliter of fame awarded to those currencies mentioned on my blog, so the banks of the countries that lost have nothing to fear.  But if it does get back to the Prime Minister of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, that I voted his country’s currency my favorite out of all 6 that Ben brought back, maybe he will send me a postcard.  Or even better, a nice plate of lumpia!  So let’s get to it.  The winners are…

1.  Volcanoes and Parrots and Whale Sharks, Oh My!

The Philippines won because of the awesome things they put on their currency. And the wonderful colors, they must have one hell of a colorist in their mint! I did NOT give the Philippines the gold medal to curry favor with my friends Arnel, Rowena, or Danielle, in the hopes that they also might give me a lovely plate of lumpia.

The Philippines peso won because of the awesome things they put on their currency. And the wonderful colors; they must have one hell of a colorist in their mint! I did NOT give the Philippines the gold medal to curry favor with my friends Arnel, Rowena, or Danielle, in the hopes that they also might give me a lovely plate of lumpia.

2.  Kiss My Bhat.

Thailand won the Silver, because they have made no concessions to the billions of people on the planet who don't speak Thai, or are even unable to recognize the Thai alphabet.  Are you having a hard time trying to figure out where the hell this bill is from?  Too damn bad.

The Thailand bhat won the Silver, because on their money they have made no concessions to the billions of people on the planet who don’t speak Thai, or are unable to recognize the Thai alphabet. Are you having a hard time trying to figure out where the hell this bill is from? Too damn bad.

3. Smooth Like Buttah.

Okay, the Vietnam dong has had some serious work done.  No, I'm not kidding.  It's called the dong.  Anywho, these are the smoothest, softest, silkiest bills I have ever felt!  I want to have jammies made out of them.  And they have these cool peekaboo windows on them, that are see through.  Kinda kinky.

Okay, the Vietnam dong has had some serious work done. No, I’m not kidding. It’s called the dong. Anywho, these are the smoothest, softest, silkiest bills I have ever felt! I want to have jammies made out of them. And they have these cool peekaboo, see through windows on them. Kinda kinky.

4 -6. Thanks for Participating.

Like I said, someone had to lose.  Actually, there were 3 not winners.  The fact that the Cambodian riel puts "Bank of Cambodia" on all the bills was very persuasive, as was the big, brown elephant wearing a nice set of pearls.  And the caligraphy, pagodas, and pictures of Mao (which is just one letter off of Mo) also compelled me, but not enough to sway my vote.  But still, lovely currency, all of it.

Like I said, someone had to lose. Actually, there were 3 not winners. The fact that the Cambodian riel puts “Bank of Cambodia” on all the bills was very persuasive, as was the big, brown elephant wearing a nice set of pearls. And the calligraphy, pagodas, and pictures of Mao (which is just one letter off of Mo) also compelled me, but not enough to sway my vote. But still, lovely currency, all of it.

So there you have it, the first and last Asian currency contest.  I know many countries were missing, but you will have to take that up with Ben.  I could be persuaded to have a second currency contest, but that would require many many many more examples of currencies to cross my palm.  My greedy, sweaty palms…

 

 

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