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slutticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:12 PM
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I got a Panamanian Balboa penny instead of a "real" penny today for change


The penny says "URRACA, 1996" on the front and has a picture of a native looking person

Tha back says "Republica De Panama, Un Centesimo De Balboa"



Has anyone else ever gotten a weird coin of another currency by accident?
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:14 PM
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1. Once I recieved one pence (British), and one time I got 2 Euro cents.
And one time I got a Mexican centavo.
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slutticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:15 PM
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2. Are those the same size as american coins?
This penny is identical in size to an american penny. I don't know why i looked at it, otherwise I would have never noticed.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:58 PM
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8. All Panamanian coins are identical in size to American coins.
Penny for penny, nickel for nickel, etc. Although today they're probably worth more than American coins, thanks to Bush.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:19 PM
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3. I have Canadian coins.
Not that they are weird, but I did get a lot of those in change last year.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:19 PM
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4. Lots of Canadian coins
and a 1924 US penny in my change recently.
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DebJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:22 PM
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5. Over 15 years in retail, I have seen coins from lots of other
countries. Several from different Caribbean countries. British.
And of course, Canadian.
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slutticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:49 PM
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6. Wow
I wonder how much foreign currency is currently in circulation here, and nobody notices.

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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:56 PM
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7. Vasco Nunez de Balboa.
Was beheaded by the Indians. And, in great irony, when the Americans built the High School, Balboa High School, in the Canal Zone. on the front lawn was ...wait for it... a bust of Balboa's Head.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:59 PM
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9. Can't say I have. The only ones I've gotten other than American
coins are Canadian coins.
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