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Spare the Change
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Why your pocket change might just make the best travel souvenir ever.
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Why your pocket change might just make the best travel souvenir ever.

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Some countries choose to promote their best selling point on their coins, something that's already well-known to the outside world, such as the Himalayan peaks shown on the Nepalese one- paisa coin, which a friend gave me. Usually, though, coins promote what a country likes best about itself, not necessarily what it's best known for. This probably explains why Swedish coins show the country's beloved King Carl Gustaf and not modular furniture or jump-suited pop stars.

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At the conference where this essay won a minor prize, Don George (then the Global Editor at Lonely Planet) told me that in all the combined years of the judges' experience, none of them had ever encountered an essay on this particular topic. I'm pretty sure he meant that as a compliment.

About Nicole

I grew up in New England, mostly Massachusetts, though New Hampshire deserves some credit. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area now. I write non-fiction. I usually call myself a travel writer, though lately I've been having more success with essays. I've been published in the...

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