More about the Shepparton local currency after this intro...
We get so many interesting Shepparton items in the shop and today Dan (not his real name as his 1/2 sovereign coins are 92% gold) brought in a half-sovereign note which had the Goulburn Weir on the reverse. It is worth about $1,000. What is fascinating is that a Goulburn Valley place features on one of our Commonwealth notes. For some reason they chose the Weir at Nagambie.
About 10 years ago I launched KidsTown money which was a souvenir but could be used to purchase items at the Kiosk. It was very popular with kids and families. Great designs by local cartoonist, Glen Hall.
Since that time I have been researching local currencies around the world and the Salt Springs Island model was the one that impressed me the most. Read more here. The Salt Springs Island dollars have been around since 2001 and are not only collected as souvenirs (I bought some) but can be used legally (as they are not legal tender) to purchase items from nearly all the local businesses and even cashed in at the banks.
This December we will be launching a Shepparton local currency that will start as a souvenir and hopefully will be accepted as local currency by as many businesses as possible. We have the support of an iconic local business and each note will feature Shepparton landmarks. The notes are in the final stages of design and we are nearly ready to go to print. Very exciting. More details to follow.