|Copper Bermuda pig coin.|
Here in America we are used to finding Canadian pennies and quarters in our change. They look similar enough that they often pass as the genuine article, and people used to make fun of them for being worth a good bit less than the real American version. Well that is no more, the Canadian dollar is now worth more than the pathetic US version, and I suppose it's inevitable that those people up there are now laughing at our worthless pennies and quarters when they find them in their pockets.
But this is not an Canadian penny, so I don't know why I'm going on about Canada. This is something much stranger to have pop up in your pocket: A penny from Bermuda. With a pig on the back! I mean, honestly, what sort of country puts a pig on the back of any kind of coin, even just a penny? I admit it's a very handsome pig, but still, in my forty some years I have never seen the like of it for sheer silliness in coinage. Is Bermuda even a real country?
Coin collector Joshua Holman provided the following clarifications:
There is a story behind the pig. When Bermuda was first settled by the English, pigs were the only food on the island. Also the pig is a tribute to the original money issued by the settlers (it had pigs on it as well). The motif on the penny reflects these things. On the page, you also wonder "Is Bermuda even a real country?"
The answer to that is no. Bermuda is is "overseas territory" of the United Kingdom (i.e., a colony).
Source: My Pocket
Contributor: Theodore Gray
Acquired: 20 November, 2007
Text Updated: 18 December, 2007
Sample Group: Coins