Nowadays, with Google images, it’s possible to see money from around the world. Before that, here’s my collection.

American money is actually the most boring – all the same color, same size, different picture of a president in the middle. Unfortunately, the two dollar bill was recalled, although re-issued in 1976. Notice how Egyptian money is bilingual, English and Arabic. This is common in other Arabian countries. The huge numbers of foreigners working in Arabic countries often know some English.

This is my favorite Egyptian money. Back in 1990, the statute of Ramses II was downtown, collecting car pollution as it stood among highways and overpasses.

New countries, like Saudi Arabia put their leaders, such as King Abdulaziz. Notice how the English side has an airport, dam, and city. The Arabic side shows a mountain, falaj (human-made cement channels that move water for irrigation) and an off-shore oil-rig.

My first job overseas was in Saudi Arabia, with King Fahd on the money. We teachers were paid in cash. This was so amazing, I photographed part of my salary! I then wired savings home to the States. For some people this created problems: one woman, on returning home, discovered her sister had spent all the money! She reluctantly returned to Saudi to earn needed money. For me, my sister put it into my own bank. Back in 1984, international banking was primitive.

Saudi coins. Originally they were gold. A princess I taught gave me one gold coin when I had shown her a Maria Theresa coin. That silver coin was popular in Arabia because these countries had few mines for silver.
Even Canadian dollars are prettier than American money, but show its colonial connection to the UK.
This money is bilingual in English and French because of French-speaking Quebec. Two years in graduate school in Vancouver, British Colombia made me feel part Canadian.

No, I didn’t obtain this from living in Iraq, but from an Iraqi colleague while teaching in Oman. Following is money from Sudan, which I trade for UAE money.

These two pounds are different sizes. Some countries put money in different sizes to emphasize their value. Notice again, although African, the money is in Arabic and English. Following is money from Qatar, a place I never lived or visited.

I lived in Oman for 11 years, often visiting friends and the wonderful town of Liwa for photos of the desert. This is the Oman’s leader, Sultan Qaboos.
This money from Taiwan is only in Chinese, Mandarin. I owned a motorscooter there because riding a bicycle in the heat was too difficult: It took 20 minutes to cool down once I reached my private teaching destination. Motorists were always aware of bicycle riders, so I felt safe riding a bike there. In other countries, I worried someone would open a door and I would crash – which I did once. If going fast, I could have been seriously injured. As a death ritual, people would burn ‘fake’ paper money.
Indonesian money also has different colors. I accepted a job in Jakarta in 1986 when I didn’t even know where the country was! Unfortunately, unlike Saudi Arabia, Jakarta had humid hot. Simply carrying a very light bamboo bookcase, I sweated. Additionally, the morning call to prays was always 4:00 a.m., Indonesia being on the Equator. Eventually, I slept through its echoing call.
French franc before the euro had artists. This is Hector Berloiz. The photos of other artists include Cezanne as well as Madame Curie with her husband Pierre are at the bottom of the page.

The following in Hungarian money. I visited a friend there in 1986. This is an old note. The newer note has someone else on it.

Hungarian money with poet Endre Ady,

Now for the prettiest money!

From Sri Lanka. I visited a friend to see about retiring there. I didn’t like the food and the undeveloped roads were hard on hired cars – buying a car was too expensive. Didn’t retire there, but find this the prettiest money.

I had more money in an envelope to scan, but when a person found the envelope, when they stole a lot of Omani money from my home in Ibri, Oman, they took the envelope. I’m surprised I don’t have any photos of UAE, United Arab Emirates money. I lived there for two years.

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