While shuffling through a stack of postcards to find examples to use for yesterday’s blog post, I rediscovered three Anime bills. I couldn’t remember whether dad described them as legitimate Thai currency or if they were issued as pretend money. At first glance, they appear to be a government issued currency because they are marked with serial numbers.
Dad and my step-mother are no longer alive so I sent photos as attachments to my step-mother’s cousin and nephew who are Thai immigrants to the U.S. They were just as flummoxed as me. I conducted a lengthy image search on the Web. The images were either of legitimate Thai currency with portraits of the monarch or obvious Anime game “money”. I couldn’t find anything remotely like the bills from my postcard box.
The question remains; are these 50, 100, and 500 Baht currency or are they something else? I’m still curious about these bills so why not use the photos I shot on the blog? Then it also seemed like a good idea to include a photo of some tokens to round out the day’s post.
The token coins are from top left: a Roman coin reproduction, a William Clark token issued by the U.S. Mint as part of the bicentennial commemoration in 2003 of the Lewis and Clark Expedition across the Upper Midwest and West, a John Deere souvenir from Iowa. In the second row: some novelty mini-coins that came from who-knows-where, a souvenir from the Philadelphia Mint, and a bar of silver bullion cast in the form of a gift.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes contemporary Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami. “For children of my generation, anime was an escape from Japan’s loser complex following World War II. Anime wasn’t foreign. It was our own.”