Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Kentucky, Jun 30, 2020 at 3:35 PM.
Log in or Sign up to hide this ad.
I think Switzerland has some pretty old circulating coinage since their 20 Rappen has gone virtually unchanged since the late 1800's I believe.
Here's my 1879 just for fun
That is mega old for "change". Nothing older than mid or late 1930's has ever showed up in my pocket.
And my oldest notes in change back have been like 1995 or 1996. lol
I got a 1918(?) German pfennig once. That was my oldest world coin I've seen in change.
I've seen Canadian dimes and nickels come up before but not from anywhere else!
Isn't the 1 Pfennig smaller than a 1 Cent? I can understand if the two denominations are the same size.
Nope in America
My bad, it was a 10 Pfennig.
Like I said, Switzerland's 20 Rappen is probably the best bet for having the oldest circulating stuff since so many other countries have changed currencies and coin designs.
Searching quarters many years ago .
Actually, in most banks, clerks (tellers) are not permitted to swap change with their own. some will allow another teller to get change from you and then make a personal swap. A teller at my bank had a young daughter that was excited about buffalo nickels. I offered to give her one. I had to give it to another teller and then she would pass it on the other.
That is the key. Gresham's Law is a powerful force. I would think US or someplace like Switzerland would be the obvious candidates today.
In the past, I would hazard it was China. They made cash coins almost the same size for about 2000 years. It is well documented in the late 19th century villagers would dig up cash coins and go spend them, regardless of what it said on them. A few famous collections were assembled in China at "face value" by simply having shopkeepers look for "weird" coins and keep them for the collector.
In 1968 it was documented you could still find Peroz I drachms from the Sassanid empire, (about 470 AD) in circulation. They spent the same as any other silver coin, since everyone knows the ancient Persians struck good silver coins.
@GDJMSP was a reserve knight of the roundish table.
He's gonna get you for that...
That's because so many countries change governments at the drop of a hat and demonetize some of their older issues. Some countries change from monarchies to republics, for example. Some change from dictatorships to democracies. Their coins change and the old ones disappear.
And some countries change the monetary unit (Great Britain, most of Europe)
Separate names with a comma.