So, what do you guys call the money used in
the Pokémon games? So far, I’ve heard Pokéyen and Pokédollars, and heck, after playing
Animal Crossing from June to October last year, I started calling them Pokébells! But what if I were to tell you that Pokémon
currency actually exists in real life? You’d probably be like “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.” This is the small island country of Niue.
It sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 1,500 miles from New Zealand. It measures
only around 100 square miles, which is about the same size as the city of Boston. Now, one would think that by being so small
and isolated, Niue would almost certainly not be caught up with the times. Well, that’s
where you’d be wrong! In 2003, Niue became the first nation in the world to offer free
wi-fi for its entire country! But, perhaps their greatest achievement came
about 2 years earlier in 2001. THESE. Pokémon coins. Honest to goodness, real,
spendable currency with Pokémon on them. There were 5 coins issued and they were each
worth one dollar. They featured the Niue Coat of Arms on one side, and on the reverse were
either Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, or Meowth. It also seems like they issued
these coins in $10 denominations as well. Niue also issued another set of Pokémon coins
in 2002, featuring Pichu, Entei, Celebi and Mewtwo. However, it’s surprisingly difficult
to find information on them! We were only able to find pictures of the following two
coins. Here’s one of Entei, and here’s one of Mewtwo, with a certificate of authenticity,
and this one’s in color! Niue actually does this kind of thing quite
often, they have also released coins featuring other geeky franchises such as Star Wars and
Doctor Who! So there you have it. Real life Pokémon currency
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