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On the Money: Test Your Knowledge on the World's Craziest Currencies
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Humans have assigned value to all kinds of things through the ages, from stones to spices. There’s even money made for potential encounters with alien life. How much is the intergalactic value of a Space Quid? The answer may surprise you!

This currency is a boon to vehicle owners in Canada; can you guess what it purchases?

  • headlights
  • fuzzy dice
  • tires

If you become a space traveler, which currency would scientists recommend?

  • squirrel bones
  • the Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination
  • the Intergalactic Transformer Coin

A Katanga cross was currency made of copper that weighed how much?

  • 2 to 4 ounces (56 to 113 grams)
  • a half-pound to 2.5 pounds (226 grams to 1134 grams)
  • 5 to 10 pounds (2.2 to 4.5 kilograms)

Although it's not actual currency, this paper money featuring some cartoon characters can be spent where?

  • Warner Bros. Studios
  • Disney parks, resorts and cruises
  • Itchy and Scratchy Land

Kissi, a west African currency made of twisted iron bars with a "T" shape at one end and a spatula shape at the other, was believed to contain what?

  • usefulness as a gardening tool
  • a soul
  • no real value

What was the amount of America's largest denomination of paper currency?

  • $1,000,000
  • $50,000
  • $100,000

Is a novelty $1 million bill illegal?

  • no
  • yes
  • only in Kansas

Which country once offered a currency made of cardboard-like fiber?

  • Canada
  • Algeria
  • Manchukuo

Are U.S. $2 bills still in circulation?

  • no
  • yes
  • only in Georgia

Paper money in Bulgaria depicts which creature as a watermark?

  • water buffalo
  • narwhal
  • sturgeon

Which edible currency was once used in the Solomon Islands?

  • tumeric spice wrapped in coconut fibers
  • garlic wrapped in fig leaves
  • salt wrapped in palm fronds

Which delicate currency started as casino coins but became so popular it was used throughout the country?

  • Japanese eggshell coins
  • Siamese porcelain tokens
  • St. Lucian seashell tokens

Until the 1950s, some Caribbean nations didn't have their own currency; so where did their money come from?

  • foreign countries
  • a wealthy landowner
  • pirates

True or false: Paper currency was first introduced in North America in 1690.

  • false
  • true

To carry a Rai stone as currency, what would you need?

  • a group of people to heft the large and heavy stone coin
  • ties to royalty
  • a coin purse

Which of the following was once a widely accepted form of payment?

  • carpet fibers
  • salt
  • dung

How much was a British farthing worth?

  • one-quarter of a British penny
  • five U.S. dollars
  • half a British shilling

In Germany, which natural resource was used for currency after World War I?

  • water
  • wood
  • soil

Which country's ancient currency could be steeped in hot water and turned into a drink?

  • Australia
  • China
  • Canada

The value of which British currency increased depending on the price of gold:

  • the guinea
  • the crown
  • the sixpence