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I've seen a commercial a few times lately that advertises a civil war commemorative silver coin for $5. No shipping and handling. It said it was legal tender. Later in the commercial, in fine print, it says "Liberian Dollars". So, I say "AH HA!" to myself, and head online to look for the exchange rate.
From http://www.OANDA.COM :
5 Liberian Dollar = 11.76471 US Dollar
How can this be? Anyone got the Dope on this? I searched all over for the coin, but could only find one, broken link. Now, I know these guys aren't selling these things for an over 200% loss. What's going on here?
02-02-2001, 02:37 AM
Was it a 5 (Liberian) dollar coin, or were they selling it for 5 dollars? That would make a difference...
02-02-2001, 02:51 AM
Went to the same converter. Something seems wrong- AFAIK, the Liberian dollar is so much toilet paper. It can't be worth more than the USD. Perhaps they missed a decimal place. According to Yahoo! currency exchanger, there are 42 Liberian dollars to one USD. So, it appears your site got ot wrong. Thus a $5 coin is worth about a dime.
Thanks, DITWD, I just knew something was fishy with that.
02-02-2001, 10:10 AM
Well this site (http://www.xe.com/ucc/full.shtml) gives a 1:1 rate.
The plot thickens.
Running with Scissors
02-02-2001, 10:34 AM
The CIA World Factbook (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/li.html#Econ) on Liberia gives the official rate as being tied 1:1 with the US Dollar, but the market exchange rate (i.e. what you'd get if you went to a bank) as 40:1 as of 12/98. In other words, just because the Liberian government says the coin is worth $X, doesn't mean that anyone has to give you that amount for it.
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