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paul wheaton
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I'm getting into this geocaching thing and thought it would be fun to leave foreign coins in the caches. Anybody know how one might get something like that? I tried a foreign currency office, but they work only in paper money.
 
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Have you tried a bank?
My sister once worked at the counter in a bank and could get some. Even excluding people exchanging money there are coins that accidentally get accepted because they look the same.
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Maybe a coin or coin/stamp shop? Maybe you could also write to the consulate/embassy of a particular government and ask for some or how to acquire some? You might also try the local university or anywhere else a large international population might hang out.
 
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I used to have a stack of Korean coins and some Greek coins. If I still have them, I will send them to you. It has been 15 years since I last saw them so ....
 
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Just drop 'em and send him the coordinates, Paul.
 
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or you could start your own web site with visitors from around tha globe, wait till it becomes popular and ask visitors if they want to send you a buck or two of their local currency.
:roll:
What are the laws on exporting local currency? I know you're not supposed to travel with more than $10,000, but I don't thinks that's a danger.
 
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bank: probably should shoot for a really old bank, right?
coin shop: This sounds like a good one. They will probably want way too much money for it, but it will probably be worth it.
lying around: Paul, if you find those send me an e-mail.
David, you mean I have to make yet ANOTHER web site? :roll:
 
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I think I've got a bunch of Trinidadian coins (my husband's from there)... if I can't find them, however -- I should be going there in a couple months to visit my in-laws.
hmmm I'll have to find out if there are any geocache sites there.....
[ February 04, 2003: Message edited by: Jessica Sant ]
 
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Here's how stupid I am:
I have a collection of foreign coins, everyone does, right?
Anyways, I was sorting through them and it wasn't until I found a quarter that I realised I come from a foreign country and I only needed to reach for my wallet.
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I wish every US State has own coin, that way, I would have collected 30+ different coins.
 
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Originally posted by Don Liu:
I wish every US State has own coin, that way, I would have collected 30+ different coins.

They do. Or soon will. The new state quarters.
 
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Originally posted by Paul Stevens:

They do. Or soon will. The new state quarters.

I have collected twenty. Five each from 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. They will be releasing another five this year.
 
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Originally posted by Paul Stevens:

They do. Or soon will. The new state quarters.

Great! Thanks for the good news! I have been to 30+ states.
On second thought, people don't have to be in a state to collect coin of that state. :roll:
 
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50 State Quarters´┐Ż Program
5 a year from 1999 - 2008 in the order of when they became a state.
 
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
David, you mean I have to make yet ANOTHER web site? :roll:

Paul, I think that he means that you might try using THIS web site.
Like just ASK folks to send you some "foreign" coins. Real politely. Perhaps offer them a personally autographed flyer with a moose on it in return .
 
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And send them the coordinates in case they want them back.
 
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Originally posted by Cindy Glass:

Paul, I think that he means that you might try using THIS web site.
Like just ASK folks to send you some "foreign" coins. Real politely. Perhaps offer them a personally autographed flyer with a moose on it in return .

I already use this web site!
Nope, you can't make me be polite.
So far a couple of people have sent me e-mails offering to send me coins. Pretty cool. And I didn't have to send anything in return.
Here is what I could offer! I could keep track of where the coins go and let folks know where I put it. Then give the URL for the cache here and you can see who visits the cache and gets the coins.
For example, here is a cache I visited two weekends ago: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?ID=44599
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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