Books, Paper, Money - Money and Coins

Indian head pennies made into a large man's belt buckle.
A series of old Indian Head pennies made into a brass belt buckle.
From coin collectors, to bankers, to working professionals, to stay-at-home moms ... we all have an interest in money. In fact, without some money, you're fairly limited in the things you can do and accomplish in life.  While I think we'd all love to live "off-the-grid" and make our way in life without need to work or have money to acquire the things we want ... most of us realize that you don't have to be rich to get, make, or acquire some things that make life easier, you do need a little bit to survive in today's world.

Historically there has always been some form of "coin" in use, from glass beads, to gold pieces, to minted money there has always been a way to exchange or barter for what we wanted. Bartering didn't use to involve the exchange of money or coin, but often goods for good, or work for goods so a medical man might offer herbs or tinctures to a patient in return for food or work.

For all anyone knows, there may come a time in our future where bartering for food or goods is the only way to acquire things we can't make, or grow ourselves. Nobody really knows what the future holds for humanity.

A series of old coins and tokens.
Coins and tokens, some old and some new, from the US, Canada, and the UK.

Coins from the UK, Canada and the US of various vintages.
Coins from the UK, Canada and the US, and one unidentifiable coin. 

Coins in various currencies, including half dollars and nickels.
Various silver and copper coins from the UK, Canada and the US.

An American $5 and $10 bill, one of them backed by part of a Canadian bill.
American paper money, one oddly backed by a Canadian bill (the purple bit).

A American five dollar bill.
A five dollar bill from the US.

An old one dollar bill from Canada, circa 1937.
One dollar bill from the Bank of Canada (1930s).

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