Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

It's More Expensive On The Inside

One of the things I like to collect is mermaid tokens.  Not the coins, the coins made with actual precious metals can cost something major.  Tokens are more economical, and can feature some fun designs.  I would love to have enough that, when I make my arcade game, the coin slot takes the tokens, and I can hear that wonderful clink as the pile gets higher.  It's one of the things I miss about arcades going with electronic credit.

My buddy mornblade is a pirate enthusiast.  And he has told me his dream is to one day own some sort of pirate doubloon.  Just one so he can say he has one.

Well, I think I've found something he would value more than that.  mornblade, old buddy?  clionona, my trusty niece?  This one's on me.

New Zealand has apparently tumbled to the fact that coin collectors are like stamp collectors -- come up with something novel, and they will pay big bucks just to have it in their collection.  I mention this because they are about to mint 10,000 coins with the TARDIS from Doctor Who on them.

No, it's not a joke.  Check it out....


It even comes in its own collectible case.


This is a $2 coin of the realm.  That's $1.68 USD based on the exchange rate right now.  Seems like a deal, right?  Well, no.  The coin is $2 and is legal tender, giving you $2 worth of whatever.  But to acquire one of these, it will cost you $155 ($129.91 USD).  And we Americans complain OUR money isn't worth what it used to be!

If you have a Prometheus level of patience, you might get one by pure luck.  Once again, the coin is legal tender, so it is possible that maaaaaaaaaaaaybe one or two will wind up in circulation, and you'll find yourself in possession of a golden ticket.

If you would rather just focus on mermaid tokens, though, I'll understand.
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