Friday, June 01, 2007

Don't take these at face value

All right, if I say the words, Vienna Philharmonic, you’ll think this is another post about music. Nope, this is a post about a 24-carat gold coin called the Vienna Philharmonic. They’re worth 100 euros. I suppose they’re a nicer way to have gold around the house, rather than those chunky great bars we’re used to seeing in crime movies, but they’re probably a bit heavy to carry in the pocket.
But beside Vienna Philharmonics, which have violins on one side and something I can’t identify from the picture on the other, you can get US gold coins, such as the American Buffalo, or the American Eagle. Naturally these have a buffalo and an eagle on them. Plus the buffalo has an American Indian on the other side. Interestingly enough, these coins are legal tender in the States, and are worth $50 each. Fancy walking into MacDonalds or Subway and trying to buy a takeaway with an American Eagle. You might actually get the assistant excited!

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