I generally collect a lot of coins but mostly old stuff. Most currencies I have are defunct. My oldest coin is a German Empire 1/2 mark coin from 1916. None of the coins I have are worth more than maybe 3 dollars in the Collector's market though. It's just a very very small hobby.
>>1068623 >Does /trv/ collect currencies? My girlfriend just told me it's stupid. Pretty silly, it's true. How old are you? And, why do you need souvenirs that aren't meaningful to you? Spend that money on something you can have forever, some prints you can frame later. Maybe something scrapebook worthy, like a pamphlet or theatre ticket that documented something you did that you might enjoy looking at later. An actual dollar bill? Nah. Not likely. Think about it. If you have little kids, they might find it interesting to handle foreign money they've never seen before...of a certain age, really. But why do you find it interesting? Ask yourself.
Things I shop for/save other than my photos...wall art, useful knicks, like something that is a container, purse, wallet, a great winter coat or local crafted shoes I'll enjoy for a few seasons, something handicraftish that locals do well, like a tablecloth for my dining room, embroidered linens, nice local hardwood cutting board. I might pick up a cookbook in a local language at a bookstore (always seek out a bookstore), or book from a famous longstanding restaurant with signature recipes, might get it signed. Chocolate. Hard candies.
I have Moroccan Dirhams, Czech Crowns, Hungarian Forints, Georgian Laris, Armenian Drams, Turkish Lira, Macedonian Dinars, Serbian Dinars, Ukrainian Gryvnia, Bulgarian Levs, British Pounds, Croatian Kunas, Albanian Leks.
Best though is a 5 euro Dutch coin. I think they gave it to me at some McDonald's
Unless you plaster the walls with them at your house, I can't see why your girlfriend cares what you collect. She sounds pretty controlling and/or dumb tbqh. "I don't like your hobby, you should stop". Why would she even care? Maybe I'm wrong, but that's the impression I get. Any hobby is stupid to someone who doesn't like it.
Anyway. It'd be wrong to say I "collect" currencies, but I always try to take some back home with me when I visit a country. I prefer notes over coins. I currently have Norwegian and Swedish krone (I'm Norwegian, so not too hard), Euro, British pounds, Russian and Belarusian ruble, Lithuanian litas (which was replaced by the euro last year, so this is a nice souvenir), Polish zloty, Ukrainian hryvnia, Romanian and Moldovan leu, Jordanian dinar, Israeli shekel, Lebanese lira, Qatari riyal, UAE dirham, Kenyan shilling and Thai baht. I have some USD lying around, but since I've never actually been to the US I don't count them. When I was in Moldova I also visited Transnistria, but food poisoning-induced stupidity caused me to exchange all my Transnistrian rubles into leu when I left. Which sucks, they'd be really cool to have.
>>1068623 British money is common, but it is so beautiful, easily the most attractive currency in coins at least. American bills have a stately classic look, I hope they never become like CAN or MXN Monopoly money.
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