For many centuries, the majority of coins around the world have been minted by governments. That is still true today, but many coins are made for special occasions. These coins are often shaped in unique forms, so they stand out in a handful of change. Collecting them is a passion of many, and they will often go through banks, private coin brokers and friends or family who travel to meet their needs.
The majority of countries around the world use a disk or round format for their minted coins, and it has become traditional in many places across the globe. These coins do not stand out over and above the rest, but they are still worth collecting. Countries often issue commemorative editions of their currency, and they are often in different shapes to separate them from the normal coins currently in circulations. They are made in a wide variety of shapes, so they are especially interesting to collectors.
Coins of unusual shape include Somalia’s guitar coin that was minted to honor the 50th anniversary of Rock and Roll in 2004. Each coin is shaped like one of the famous guitars used by musical artists, and they come in a variety of colors. Their popularity with collectors as well as music fans has been astronomical, and they are a welcome addition to many collections.
The Republic of Nanru is a small island country in the Pacific Ocean, and it was considered a part of the Commonwealth even though it was administered solely by Australia. It was actually a protectorate of the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, and it chose to issue a unique coin in 2002 to commemorate the European Union. The coin is formed into the shape of all the nations that are part of the pact, so this gives it historical value as well as a unique place in the world of coin collections.