Along with a scene of children playing hockey, Canada’s $5 bill has an excerpt from beloved French-Canadian writer Roch Carrier’s classic children’s book The Hockey Sweater, which reads: “The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places — the school, the church, and the skating rink — but our life was on the skating rink.”
The front of Australian dollar coins features the face of Queen Elizabeth II, while the reverse depicts five of the country’s most famous animal: the kangaroo!
Fun fact: British pounds have featured an image of the reigning monarch on coins for at least 1,000 years (and was often the only way someone would know what their monarch looked liked), but the first to appear on banknotes was King George V.
The back of South African rand features Africa’s “big five”: lion, rhinoceros, leopard, buffalo, and elephant.
The Honduran lempira is named after the 16th-century ruler of the indigenous Lenca people, who led the (ultimately unsuccessful) local resistance against the Spanish conquistadors.
Swiss franc are quadrilingual, displaying information in Switzerland’s four national languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh.
Brazilian real comes in different colors, including the blue R$100 banknote above, which depicts underwater plants, starfish, coral, and the head of República, a national symbol of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
A bull shark, starfish, and other sea life are featured on the back of Costa Rica’s 2,000 colones banknote. The currency is named “colón” for Christopher Columbus, or “Cristóbal Colón” in Spanish.
Malaysian ringgit showcases the country’s national flower: hibiscus.
The 10,000-tenge banknote in Kazakhstan features a mountain range behind one of the country’s rarest mammals: the snow leopard.