AUSTRALIA HUTT RIVER PROVINCE 5 dollars fantasy 1991 Desert Storm helicopter


AUSTRALIA, HUTT RIVER PROVINCE, fantasy, 1991, Obverse: helicopter, DESERT STORM, Reverse: 5 dollars, copper-nickel, 38mm, BX31, Unc

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The guy had a large land holding, took to calling himself “Prince Leonard,” and made a bunch of fantasy “coins” over a number of years from the 1970s to the 1990s.

If someone produces a thing that says it’s a coin but the country doesn’t exist, or some part of it is non-standard, we tend to call that a “fantasy.” Like a “coin” from Atlantis. Jewelry coins are jewelry bits made to look like coins. That is different from taking real coins and making them into jewelry.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.