Remember the good old days of 2009 when you could just mint your own money? Ever since the FBI busted Bernard von Nothaus’s “Liberty Dollar” operation we had to say good-bye to our Ron Paul coins and settle for boring old legal tender. Luckily, a small Italian town is picking up right where Nothaus left off.
Mayor Luca Sellari of Filettino, Italy recently opened his own independent mint. Upon learning that his town’s government may face a merger with a few other neighboring municipalities in Italy’s budget balancing measure, he’s taken the ultimate stride in independence – and possibly vanity.
He’s started printing money with his own portrait on it and already slipped some of the currency into circulation. Soon the town of 550 people will be rolling in the newly minted “Fioritos,” but the question still remains – what nickname will these notes garner? Britain has its “quid.” Canada has their “toonies,” but will they follow the U.S.’s “Benjamins” example and start filling their wallets with “Lucas”?