Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Yes you guessed it from the the title of the post; today I am going to deal with the topic of Foreign Exchange! More specifically how I deal with the situation of finding foreign coins on the sidewalks of America in response to a question posed to me on Twitter by e1tje. The location of Castle Sidewalker is on a well beaten path of many an international traveler, so I am highly qualified to answer this question. I have an easy to follow three step procedure for such an occurrence which I am more than happy to share with you for free.
Search your local sidewalk for foreign coins. Once you have located a foreign coin proceed to Step 2.
Identify the coin's country of origin, followed by the denomination. Then look up the value of the coin in U.S. Dollars on a table such as this one here.
Determine if the weight and shape is comparable to a US coin. If it is comparable and the value calculated in Step 2 is less than the US coin (normally the case), then stuff it into the nearest vending machine* whilst wearing a smile as wide as the Mississippi. Otherwise put it in that cookie jar of interesting artifacts you have collected and never look at it again.
*DISCLAIMER - THIS IS A FELONY IN 50 OUT OF 50 US STATES
-Current balance $11.27