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Imagine Having Pikachu on Your Currency!

 

Countries get to choose how their currency looks like.

 

Most governments hire artists to design something that is related to the country’s traditions or their culture.

 

That’s not the case for this small island called Niue. Their government had something else on mind.

 

What Is Niue Island, Anyway?

Niue lies somewhere on the South Pacific Ocean, and can be reached from the northeast side of New Zealand.

 

Initially, it was called the “Savage Island.”

 

Back in 1774, Captain James Cook sailed towards the island and was the first European to reach the destination.

 

When he arrived at the island, natives met him with painted bodies in the color of blood.

 

Later on, it turned out to be a natural color; and the name of the island country changed to Niue.

 

Niue translates into “behold the coconut,” which is far better than Savage Island.

 

Pikachu as a National Symbol!

In 2001, the island country released a coin as an official currency that had a Pikachu symbol on it!

 

That’s something that never happened before on earth, and is quite intriguing to think of the motives behind such an amusing fact!

Bet you didn’t know that much about the Niue, did you?


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