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Hello Kitty goes on euro
AFP ^ | Fri Dec 2, 2005

Posted on 12/03/2005 11:00:18 AM PST by presidio9

Hello Kitty, the mouthless cat turned global icon of cuteness, will make a foray into the currency market with gold and silver euro coins showing her having the time of her life in Paris.

Order-taking will start Monday for a total of 4,000 coins in five different designs to be minted in Paris, according to Hello Kitty's maker Sanrio and Japanese firm Taisei Coins.

The designs are drawn on "the dreams and admiration for Paris that Kitty has," Sanrio said on its website.

The most expensive one-ounce gold coin is priced at 168,000 yen (1,400 dollars, 1,200 euros) each, compared with a face value of 50 euros.

The coin has a color image of Kitty in a ballroom gown dancing with her boyfriend Daniel in their "Versailles Debut."

A smaller gold coin, priced at 52,500 yen, is titled "Kitty Becomes an Opera Singer" and shows the feline heroine in a black floor-length dress.

Three types of silver coins, each priced at 8,400 yen, are also on sale, featuring Kittys taking in a Parisian cafe, flying over the city with an umbrella and shopping on the Champs-Elysees.

The coins, each fit in a special miniature handbag, can be purchased at Taisei coin shops in Japan or through the two companies' websites.

Hello Kitty, which started in 1974 in Japan as a moonfaced cartoon cat on a coin purse, has spread to 60 nations appearing on 50,000 different products.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alfpog; currency; euro; europeanunion; hellokitty; toys
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1 posted on 12/03/2005 11:00:18 AM PST by presidio9
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2 posted on 12/03/2005 11:02:39 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: presidio9

http://zippythepinhead.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=ZTP&Product_Code=zipkitty&Category_Code=


3 posted on 12/03/2005 11:05:10 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: presidio9; BenLurkin

Are there any other coin designs which include what appears to be enamel work? Strange.


4 posted on 12/03/2005 11:05:38 AM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob

Yes indeed.

http://www.worldcollectorsnet.com/magazine/issue10/iss10p6.html


5 posted on 12/03/2005 11:08:18 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: GSlob
Collector's editions I would assume.

Like the colorized version of the US quarters.

6 posted on 12/03/2005 11:08:39 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (When the First Amendment was written dueling was common and legal. Think about it.)
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To: presidio9
We hear of France manning the barricades against the onslaught of treacherous cheeseburgers, but then this?
7 posted on 12/03/2005 11:12:40 AM PST by gaijin
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks. I would not call these "coins" though, but rather "medallions". Coins are [at least in theory] legal tender, to be bounced around in purses, pockets and cash registers.


8 posted on 12/03/2005 11:15:17 AM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob

Looks like they'll never see circulation.


9 posted on 12/03/2005 11:16:39 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: presidio9

That should scare the terrorists.

10 posted on 12/03/2005 11:18:10 AM PST by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: BenLurkin
Hello Kitty in a Burka...


12 posted on 12/03/2005 11:19:13 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party)
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To: presidio9

Make believe money for a make believe economy.

13 posted on 12/03/2005 11:19:34 AM PST by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Moonman62
Heck it scares ME!

There is something strange about a cat with no mouth.

14 posted on 12/03/2005 11:19:40 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (When the First Amendment was written dueling was common and legal. Think about it.)
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To: presidio9

Hello Kitty Euros? LOL! You are defecating me, right?


15 posted on 12/03/2005 11:19:51 AM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: Moonman62
Make believe money for a make believe economy.

Indeed. The inscription says "Like a Dream" (comme an reve).

16 posted on 12/03/2005 11:21:41 AM PST by Petronski (Cyborg is the greatest blessing I have ever known.)
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To: presidio9
Proving to the world that the Euro is a joke.

The Euro: not to be taken seriously!

17 posted on 12/03/2005 11:21:52 AM PST by the anti-liberal (Hey, Al Qaeda: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent)
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To: Petronski

Ooops: "comme un reve." Sounds the same.


18 posted on 12/03/2005 11:22:44 AM PST by Petronski (Cyborg is the greatest blessing I have ever known.)
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To: Petronski

I took French for a semester. Everything sounded the same to me.


19 posted on 12/03/2005 11:24:43 AM PST by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: presidio9
Here's the real version of Hello Kitty that lurks in Europe's near future:


20 posted on 12/03/2005 11:27:31 AM PST by Charles Martel
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21 posted on 12/03/2005 11:33:48 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9

Ohmigosh, I love Hello Kitty. I wish I could have one of these. How much is 50 Euros in real money?


22 posted on 12/03/2005 11:47:20 AM PST by jocon307
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To: GSlob

"Coins are [at least in theory] legal tender, to be bounced around in purses, pockets and cash registers."

I saw a man at Quik Check the other day, he would not give the cashier a certain nickle. He said it was his 1945 nickle. He just had it in a great handful of change. I thought he was foolish, and would surely spend it someday, by mistake.


23 posted on 12/03/2005 11:50:19 AM PST by jocon307
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24 posted on 12/03/2005 11:53:00 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: jocon307

I am not knowledgeable - is there anything special about 1945 nickels? It's not like gold coins withdrawn from circulation and melted down.


25 posted on 12/03/2005 11:53:53 AM PST by GSlob
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To: jocon307
"He said it was his 1945 nickle. He just had it in a great handful of change."

I have a 1942 and 1943 wartime nickel (40% silver), some 1943 steel pennies and even a 1907 nickel amd a 1906 bronze indian cent and others- but I'm not foolish enough to keep them in with all my other change; they're individually bagged and labeled.

He'll spend it - accidently - for sure.

26 posted on 12/03/2005 11:58:11 AM PST by the anti-liberal (Hey, Al Qaeda: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent)
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To: presidio9
I think a Viking Kitty would be better than a Hello Kitty.


27 posted on 12/03/2005 12:02:45 PM PST by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: GSlob

Worth about 30 bucks.


28 posted on 12/03/2005 12:07:14 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: Petronski

ping


29 posted on 12/03/2005 12:08:22 PM PST by cyborg (I'm on the 24 plan having the best day ever.)
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To: presidio9

And the kitties are waving a white flag...


30 posted on 12/03/2005 12:10:15 PM PST by pabianice (I guess)
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To: GSlob; antiliberal

"...is there anything special about 1945 nickels?"

Other than that it's old, I have no idea. (See anti-lib's post #26) I've got some old pennies and dimes and nickles too, buffalo heads, hanging around. Oops, I guess it's Indian head nickles, the buffalo is on the reverse, obverse, what ever.

You try to hang on to these things, but mostly you fail; then the lucky few end up on Antiques Roadshow with a coin, or some other object, worth thousands!


31 posted on 12/03/2005 12:10:38 PM PST by jocon307
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To: presidio9

OK, we need to put out a Homer Simpson coin. We can't let the EUs top us.


32 posted on 12/03/2005 12:19:28 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Moonman62

Kitties go out to the parking lot after a big night in Paris and find their kitty car in flames.


33 posted on 12/03/2005 12:20:57 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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34 posted on 12/03/2005 12:21:35 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: jocon307
How much is 50 Euros in real money?

As of Friday, 1 Euro =$1.170531. Costs about $58.53.

35 posted on 12/03/2005 12:21:42 PM PST by ol' hoghead (press 1 for English, prese 2 por Espanol)
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To: presidio9

All right, Homer coin! I should have had more faith in the US. Them EUs and Japanese are way behind, I guess. I'm sure these are going to be way more valuable than the stupid kitty.


36 posted on 12/03/2005 12:27:28 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Not half as cool as my Alf pog. Remember Alf? Well he's back! In pog form.

37 posted on 12/03/2005 12:29:12 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9

Disclaimer on package.

38 posted on 12/03/2005 12:29:36 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: presidio9

We need a solid gold Alf, too.


39 posted on 12/03/2005 12:30:21 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: presidio9; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
For what it's worth... pun intended.

Japan * ping * (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)

40 posted on 12/03/2005 12:41:09 PM PST by DTogo (Merry CHRISTmas, and a healthy & happy New Year!)
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To: jocon307
I just did some poking around on the prices of some of my 'loose change':

1942 proof Jefferson nickel = $1,675
1960 proof Lincoln cent = $550
1912 Liberty nickel = $2,400.

First time I'd looked into their actual value, I had no idea.

41 posted on 12/03/2005 12:54:08 PM PST by the anti-liberal (Hey, Al Qaeda: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent)
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To: presidio9; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; quantim; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; ...


"Hello Cthulhu!"
[Thanks to LucyT for the ping!]


42 posted on 12/03/2005 1:31:49 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Note for visitors at Arafat's grave - first dance, THEN pee.)
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To: TonyRo76

Lol! Same thing I was thinking.


43 posted on 12/03/2005 1:37:58 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: jocon307

They do have some nice flannel jammies for sale. I almost bought two pair today, one for daughter and one for daughter in law.


45 posted on 12/03/2005 1:49:18 PM PST by Mercat (God loves us where He finds us.)
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To: presidio9; carolinacrazy

I know it is really, really stupid, but I would love to have one of those!


46 posted on 12/03/2005 2:10:50 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: BerthaDee

HELLO KITTY PING!!!!!!!


47 posted on 12/03/2005 2:11:19 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Mercat
They do have some nice flannel jammies for sale

They who?

48 posted on 12/03/2005 2:14:09 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: teenyelliott

TJMaxx


49 posted on 12/03/2005 3:02:11 PM PST by Mercat (God loves us where He finds us.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; presidio9

50 posted on 12/03/2005 3:02:28 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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