This is just a slight complaint. Something somebody should have asked me about first. Before they made it the NATIONAL MONEY of Australia.
Below, in a terribly out of focus photo, you will see, from left to right, the American Dime, the Australian five cent piece, the Australian 2 DOLLAR coin, and then the American Nickel. Now, why is the 2 DOLLAR coin so small? So people will lose it and then other people will find it and then be super happy?
Now, spend a month in Australia, and get used to the tiny 2 dollar coin and the larger 1 dollar coin. Proceed onto New Zealand where their money is the EXACT opposite. Below, on the top row, we see a New Zealand one dollar coin, smaller as it's supposed to be then the larger 2 dollar coin.
Bottom row: Australian 50 cent piece, which is HUGE, then the Australian one dollar coin, and lastly the Australian 2 dollar coin. Can anybody make sense of this for me?
(**Interesting to note that the Australian 50 cent piece still has a picture of Lady Di and the Prince of Wales on it.)
On my first day in Australia, I bought something for $5.80, (let's say...) and gave the woman a $10 bill. She handed me a handfull of coins. I need my change, I say. You've got it, she says. Oh, you gave me just the change, I need the bills, I say. Then she explains that I have all the change. Of course I was hugely embarrassed, and thus began a month of carrying around six pounds of coins in my purse. Not realizing of course that there's like $50 in there.
I seem to remember Australians loving gigantic coins over paper money and my mom complaining because her purse was always so "damn heavy!"
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