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Cool Cash

The Fonzie-inspired one rupee coin - AAAAAYYYY!!!Actually, I guess the name should really be something like “Classy Coins” or “Mumbai Money,” but I like cool cash, and that’s that.

Wasting time in the FRRO the other week, I noticed the ‘thumbs-up’ on the Indian one rupee coin. Susan mocked me for having not seen it before, but then she mocked me even more when I thought it was just indicative of the Fonz endorsing Indian money.

Her perception of the situation was that it was to help the illiterate know how much the coin was worth – the thumb indicating “1” (and if you’ve ever seen the movie Inglourious Basterds and remember the bar scene, you might recognize that starting a count with the thumb – and not the pointer finger – is actually the norm around the world).

While I can understand substituting a picture for words (where there are many illiterate people), I’m not sure I buy the idea that people don’t learn numbers. For some reason, that just doesn’t seem to make as much sense.

This is the V-for-Victory two rupee coin!But I guess I was wrong, because guess what the 2-rupee coin has on it?

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One Comment

  1. You know, I was sorting out some coins in my coin jar last night (ended up with 15+ euros and $1.85, plus no longer valid currencies from several European countries.) It dawned on me then that I had seen no coins in India…. It occurred to me back then over there, but I had forgotten.

    I am looking forward to seeing and using the ‘thumb’s up’ coin.

    Seriously, will there be other coins with more fingers…?

    1. "BIBI" on September 6th, 2010 at 11:47 am

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