Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lisbon trip

Today we went out to see a numismatic market in Lisbon.  After googling markets for collection of coins and banknotes I found three of them.  Usually these markets work during weekends. 

One of them is Mercado da Ribeira near the Cais do Codre station.  Every Sunday mostly young and old men gather at the market.  In two big rooms small stalls were set up in lines and plenty of banknotes and coins to look at.  Almost every old and current banknotes of different countries are shown here if you have some time to spare.  I saw there a dollar note from Antarctica.  I never thought the frozen continent had a banknotes.


I have seen two old Mongolian tugrugs with S.Sukhbaatar, a Mongolian hero from the 1920s.  His portrait was in Mongolian communist time banknotes until we have changed it with Chingis Khan's portrait after democracy.  Historically, nobody knows how he looked like because there is no evidence has not yet been found. 


I bought for my friend some last escudos before Portugal joined Euro zone and bought for my husband a present.  Have you heard about a fifty trillion dollars banknote!  It does exist and it is from Zimbabwe.  This is how value of Zimbabwen money inflated over some years during Robert Mugabe's regime. 


After the market we saw a parade of old cars marching through Lisbon streets with police escort.

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