You know about the quarter with the extra ear of corn, but how about a two dollar bill with goats? This article from Vietnam shows
old U.S. two dollar bills being marketed for the new lunar year, the year of the goat. -Editor
Many Vietnamese have been buying bank notes, souvenirs and interior decor items with a goat-like shape or images of a goat, preparing to welcome
the new lunar year, the year of the goat.
Many collection shops in Hanoi have begun taking orders for $US2 bank notes with the image of a goat issued by the US Treasury. On eBay and
Amazon, the special version of the US $2 banknote is offered at $13-15, or VND300,000-350,000, which does not include the shipping fee.
In Vietnam, one banknote is sold for VND400,000-500,000. Nguyen Van Linh, the owner of Shoptien.com, said he has taken orders from 300 customers
and the first banknotes will be available on January 15.
Linh explained that the banknotes will be brought to Vietnam by the shop’s staff. However, as every traveler can bring only 100 such banknotes,
the number will be limited.
“In general, customers have to wait two to three weeks to get deliveries,” he said. “I think I will sell 3,000 banknotes from now to Tet.”
The 2-dollar banknotes with the US President image have also been in high demand, offered at VND350,000. Meanwhile, a 2-dollar plastic gold-plated
banknote is cheaper, at VND25,000. Nepali Ruppee with the images of goat and Mount Everest is sold at VND100,000, while one Australian dollar is
I asked Howard Daniel about these - he lives in Vietnam this part of the year. -Editor
Howard A. Daniel III writes:
I have seen similar items but not that exact one. I am giving out a current Lao 1000 Kip note I just picked up there from the central bank in a
pack of 100. They are worth about 20 cents each face value but they happen to be replacement notes so they sell in the USA for about US$5-10 each.
The paper money collectors I meet with every Sunday morning will love them. I also have US$1 presidential coins for the coin collectors. And I bought
some packets of Lao stamps and a few covers for the philatelists who attend the meetings. We will have our annual Tet Lunar (not Chinese!) New Year
dinner in a couple of weeks. It reminds me of our Nummis Nova dinners and how much I miss them.
To read the complete article, see:
Products shaped like goats
sell well for Lunar New Year (http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/120956/products-shaped-like-goats-sell-well-for-lunar-new-year.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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