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Fichas de Finca

2016-03-14 Comments Off on Fichas de Finca

When I was a kid, I collected coins.  I know, I know.  TOTAL nerd. Eventually, I stopped collecting them.  But I never really got over them.  And I never got rid of them.  They are still in a bedroom closet in the house where I grew up.  Next to my baseball cards. Over the past […]

95. Coffee coins

2010-09-28 Comments Off on 95. Coffee coins

I am now the proud owner of a handful of fichas de finca — the coins with which plantation owners here in Guatemala used to pay their workers in lieu of government-issued currency.  As I understand it, they were only good at the “company stores” that estate owners set up for workers (along with housing, […]