On the weekend we celebrated Easter, one of the most beautiful spring holidays. On this occasion we would like to share some interesting facts about world money. This time, of course, the money is related to Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean.
This island was discovered by the Dutch traveller Jacob Roggeveen. Since it was discovered on Easter Sunday, the island was given the name of Easter. The island is not famous for deep Easter traditions, decorating of Easter eggs, or the origin of the Easter Bunny and Easter Granny, but rather for the mysterious human statues, known as moai, numbering almost 900, with the first statues erected on the island as far back as in the 4th c. They attract hordes of tourists and curious persons.
Today, the island belongs to Chile, hence this country’s currency — the Chilean peso — circulates there. However, this island had issued money as well — coins in 2008 and banknotes in 2012. They were called rongo (the name comes from rongorongo, a form of pictographs used on the island). Of course, they could not be used to purchase anything as they were only souvenir money, but they had all the features of a real currency. They depict statues, people, the animals of the island, and other famous things.
Commemorative coins dedicated to this island were issued by Chile (in 2007), but the most interesting are probably the collector coins issued in other countries that are no less exotic. In 2007, the Cook Islands issued coins dedicated to Easter Island that were definitely among the most interesting ones. The coins have a special 3D effect — the Easter Island statue depicted on the coin can be popped-up vertically to look like it is standing on the coin. In 2010, a coloured coin dedicated to Easter Island was issued by Palau. In 2014, the same Cook Islands issued one more coin, which not only features the famous statues, but also has a lava insert from a volcano on Easter Island!