Rules for life. Number three in an occasional series

There is no need to take seriously any country that has a fish* on its currency.

*unless it is a sturgeon, in which case respect is due (see China and Russia)

That is to say:

Armenia (salmon)

Aruba (seahorse)

Australia (white shark)

Bahamas (bonefish, blue marlin)

Bangladesh (rohu)

Barbados (four-winged flying fish)

Belize (moorish idol)

Bermuda (blue angel fish)

Brazil (acara)

British Virgin Islands (butterfly fish, blue marlin)

Cabinda (an enclave in Angola) (remora, butterfly fish)

Canada (mackerel)

Cape Verde (sea bream, bluefin tuna)

China (Yangtzee sturgeon)

Comoros (coelacanth)

Congo (imperial fish, crown triggerfish, butterfly fish)

Cook Islands (bonito)

Croatia (bluefin tuna)

Cuba (spotted eagle ray, yellow perch, yellow sea bass, blue cowfish, giant gar, swordfish)

Cyprus (swordfish)

Democratic Republic of Congo (mooney, jewel fish, black-banded butterfly fish)

Easter Islands (smooth-headed hammerhead)

Falkland Islands (salmon)

Fiji (grouper)

Finland (herring)

Hungary (unidentified fish)

Iceland (skate, lumpfish, Atlantic cod, capelin)

Ireland (salmon)

Isle of Man (herring)

Laos (unidentified fish)

Latvia (salmon)

Liberia (cylcid fish)

Macedonia (huchen)

Malawi (tilapia)

Malaysia (whale shark)

Maldives (bonito, bluefin tuna)

Mozambique (moorish idol)

Namibia (horse mackerel)

Palau (manta ray, stingray,  sea horse, lion fish, butterfly fish, emperor angelfish, blue-faced angelfish, barracuda, moorish idol, scorpion fish, hawk fish, surgeon fish, box fish, parrot fish, clown fish, blowfish, swordfish, puffer fish)

Papua New Guinea (ornate butterfly cod)

Philippines (goby)

Poland (flounder, catfish, European eels)

Portugal (cod)

Russia (red sturgeon)

San Marino (herring)

Seychelles (squirrelfish, yellow-fin tuna)

Sierra Leone (bonga fish)

Singapore (lion fish, pomfret, yellow seahorse, swordfish)

Slovenia (brown trout)

South Africa (white shark, knysna seahorse)

St Helena (yellow-fin tuna)

St Thomas and Prince (seahorse and crab)

Tanzania (sailfish)

Turks and Caicos (marlin)

Tuvalu (flying fish)

Uganda (hammerhead shark, seahorses, moorish idols, cyclid fish)

Uruguay (meruza)

Zambia (seahorse, coelacanth)


7 Responses to “Rules for life. Number three in an occasional series”

  1. Tom L Says:

    I like that Zambia, a land-locked country, has an extinct fish on its coins (the coelocanth). However, I’m not sure why I shouldn’t take them seriously. Can you elaborate?

  2. pouletnoir Says:

    Anywhere that celebrates fish on its currency probably doesn’t have that much else to boast about. I was struck on a visit to Latvia once that the country’s brief history meant that it had very few heroes to celebrate, and so it resorted to vague cultural symbols such as trees and fish.
    It isn’t quite as cast iron a rule as I thought before I looked into it, but it holds up reasonably well under scrutiny. Of the G20 countries, for instance, only four have fish on their coins (excluding the sturgeon, of course, which is evidently a fish of a higher order).

  3. Tom L Says:

    There’s no reason fish and national heros can’t co-exist. Why has no country taken the visionary step of producing fish-shaped money? Looking at your list, I’d say Palau would be the most likely candidate to do this, but why not the UK too? Money in the shape of a squirrelfish, with Elgar’s face embossed as the fish’s head would be rather pleasant, don’t you think?

  4. pouletnoir Says:

    I would prefer, on balance, a coin in the shape of Elgar with a the face of a fish.

  5. Tom L Says:

    I can see a new Ai Weiwei works: 100 million fish-faced Elgars.

  6. pouletnoir Says:

    That would also be a good gift for the 100 millionth day of Christmas.

  7. pouletnoir Says:

    This may not come in useful very soon. So far there have only been 734,742 days since Christmas.

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