Skull Nickels

This is Colossal has a very interesting post about Hobo Nickels. The nickels are a series of carved/sculpted coins greatly popular in the early 20th century with the introduction of the Buffalo nickel. That was a coin minted using soft metal which made it especially suited for carvings. Add to that the fact that numerous artists were unemployed during the great depression, a number of these coins were used for sculpting, thus earning them the name “Hobo.” Nickel carving still remains a popular hobby and even has a society to go along.

Netherlands getting coins with QR codes

QR codes have made their way to currency as well. As commemoration of the Royal Dutch Mint’s 100th anniversary, the Netherlands will produce silver and gold coins with QR codes. To be available starting June 22, the silver coins will have a denomination of 5€, while the golden ones will be for 10€ . The QR codes will point to this website, which apparently will have a “surprise” for those who reach there.

Via Dvice

The money art of Scott Campbell

Anything that involves money, immediately has our attention. And artist Scott Campbell apparently has enough greenbacks to carve. As we’ve seen earlier, the artist loves to work with currency. The pieces here are his latest show Noblesse Oblige. Highlight of the show is the 3-dimensional skull made from cut and un-cut currency notes marked to the tune of $11,000.

Via: Colossal

Japanese city of Naruto releases custom currency in honor of the Naruto manga

The Japanese city of Naruto, Tokushima prefecture has planned a custom currency in honor of the popular manga Naruto. In honor of the manga selling 100 million copies, the city will issue gift certificates worth 100 million yen for its namesake. Available in 10,000yen and 1000 yen denominations, the certificates will be accepted by 250 stores throughout the city.