The coin nobody wants

Categories Stuff, Uruguay

I got two coins in my change last Thursday at the feria. They are the same diameter, though one is slightly thinner.

the thoroughly unloved Uruguayan 50-peso coin

Here the thinner one is on the left. It’s quite plain, not at all distinctive, and just looks cheap compared to the one on the right.

the thoroughly unloved Uruguayan 50-peso coin

When you flip them over, the distinctive one clearly states its value. The other you really have to take into bright light (as I did for the picture) in order to read.

the thoroughly unloved Uruguayan 50-peso coin

Yes, that wretched coppery coin is worth FIVE TIMES the other.

Normally I get rid of them in the very next transaction, so normally I would not have one to show, but this was from my last purchase of the day.

Is it just me? I asked the cleaning girl today when she arrived. No, she confirmed, everyone hates them.

Issued in 2011, it says Bicentenario de los hechos historicos. Which means (drum roll, please) Bicentennial of historic events. What events? They’re not saying.

It’s not the first 50 peso coins, but at least the others clearly stated their denomination.

It’s an idiotic coin, produced by idiots. I will pass this one on this afternoon, when I stop by the butcher’s.

Update: done.



5 thoughts on “The coin nobody wants

    1. Syd is, and today explained how well received the Loonie was because of the marketing the Canadians did before its release. Exact opposite of Uruguay’s 50 peso coin. And hey, remember how popular the Susan B Anthony dollar (or is it a quarter?) was?

  1. When they were looking for some animal for the back of the new one dollar coins, they could have chosen the beaver, but….

    The fact that Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined, and that a hell of a lot of them have loons on them, the loon was an excellent second choice.

    Everyone´s heard a loon, eh! (And, “how many loonies” was way safer than, “how many beavers”!)

    1. Aha — thanks. 1811 was a big year! All the more reason this unfortunate coin is a failure.

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