SOMALI REPUBLIC guitar shaped fantasy dollar 2004


SOMALI REPUBLIC, fantasy, 2004, Obverse: arms, ONE DOLLAR SOMALI REPUBLIC 2004, Reverse: 1 dollar, Les Paul guitar shaped, enameled silver plated copper-nickel, 19x46mm, BX63, BU

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I found no information on who made the Somali dollar coins. Some website claim that they are legal tender in Somalia, but their currency is the Shilling. I don’t know if the Somali government got any royalties from the sale of these coins.

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.