This was an interesting challenge. I hope to see coins from many different countries. Here in Canada we have a lot of coins, as we have a $1 coin and a $2 coin. The $1 was introduced first and has a Canadian Loon on it, thus it was called (coined) the Loonie. A little while later the $2 coin was introduced with a polar bear on it, and it was dubbed the Twoonie. What else could it possibly be called?
My first memory of money was when I was in the Grade 1. Our teacher had adopted a child through the Christian Children's Foundation for our class (anyone remember Lotta Hichmanova, that scary Russian spokeswoman for the Foundation?). Every Friday, I would go to school with a precious nickle clutched in my hand to give to our adopted child. Her name was Luz Marina and she lived in Columbia. Sometimes we would get a letter from her, and we would write back. We would also gather together basic household items to send to her at Christmas. So my first memory of money is of how much more it could buy for Luz Marina in Columbia than it could buy us here in Canada, but also of how much less she had. No medicines, no clean water, no school books, no new dresses to go to school in. It was a big lesson for six year olds. But I learned it well, mostly because I was so afraid of Lotta Hichmanova coming for me if I didn't.