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Offline chrisild

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The Swiss Grexit Coin
« on: June 26, 2012, 01:47:43 PM »
A coin dealer in Switzerland commemorates the end of the Greek euro, as he puts it, by "issuing" bankruptcy coins. They got 10,000 actual Greek 2 1 coins, and then altered them by adding a black ribbon and the fictitious face value "1 Pleitegeier".

The term Pleitegeier is a German word, originally Yiddish, for someone who goes bankrupt. As Geier also means vulture, it is sometimes used when referring to the German federal eagle. And if that works with an eagle, it may also work with other birds, such as the Athenian owl ... Attached is an image (from the dealer's numismatik.ch website) of the piece. It costs 5 fr; a larger image is at their site.

http://numismatik.ch/infos_news/news/?news_id=82
(If you click the link at the bottom of the article, you get to the order page with the images.)
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/S5938R/691812/Die-Eule-ist-ein-Pleitegeier.html
(This is an interview with the dealer, in German.)

Christian
« Last Edit: June 26, 2012, 04:23:50 PM by chrisild »

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Re: The Swiss Grexit Coin
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 02:51:15 PM »
That's a fun story

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If you're interested in coin variants please find some English documentation here:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
and in French on Michel's site (the presentations are not the same):
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/