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Philippines Culion Island Leper Colony 10 centavos coin

 
 
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 Posted 06/12/2018  11:45 pm Show Profile   Check Johnathan55's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Johnathan55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I didn't even know that leper colonies had their own unique currency until I happened upon this coin. The leper colony on Culion Island had a population of around 4,000 at one point as the Philippines fought to get rid of the disease the only way they knew how at the time, by isolating everyone who was sick. The linked Wikipedia article has a lot more info.

This coin has a mintage of just 17,000 according to the SCOWC.






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 Posted 06/13/2018  12:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numismat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Guessing it was not intentional to texture the guy's face to look like he has leprosy
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