Kavan Ratnatunga of Sri Lanka submitted these thoughts on the growth of non-circulating legal tender coinage worldwide.
A few days ago I go my copy of the Krause 2015 Standard Catalog of World Coins 21st Century. It was the first time I had a copy and I was surprised it was so big in just 13 years.. I did an OCR of the contents page and computed a more complete ordered list of the rough page count. It is clear what countries are trying to profit from non-circulating legal tender (NCLT). I would not have guessed that Australia and Canada would head the list.
I am so glad that Sri Lanka averages only just over 1 NCLT per year.
i.e 27 coins in the 25 years since 1990.
Before this NCLT business for profits kills the nature of numismatics, SCWC should separate the NCLT into its own volume which those interested in Numismatics can ignore. Else KP will not get even 25 years into the 21st century volume before it becomes too big to handle.
Pages in SCWC 21st century for each country..
46 Cook Islands
34 North Korea
27 Isle of Man
26 China - Peoples Republic
23 United States of America
23 Great Britain
14 South Africa
11 Congo Democratic Republic
11 British Virgin Islands
10 New Zealand
9 Falkland Islands
8 Solomon Islands
8 Czech Republic
The complete list is posted at
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