For some time I have been hunting interesting coins on e-bay. Mostly I look for foreign coins with animals on them. It's a fun, relatively harmless species of shopping that doesn't take up much room, doesn't cost much, and results in the pleasant experience of a package - a tiny one - in my mailbox.
Here is what I've come up with so far. The three American coins I already had, and a couple of the coins do not depict animals. One is a very pretty Japanese coin which reproduces one of Hokusai's more famous views of Mt. Fuji. One is a rather whimsical picture of a smiling, many-rayed sun peeping over a range of conical mountains. That one is from Nicaragua.
They are, all but one, actual currency from somewhere - except the big copper tiger near the top left-center. That is a commemorative coin for the Year of the Tiger. Check 'em out. Click on the image to make it bigger. To make them even
larger, right-click the enlargement, select "view image," and click
again on the magnifying glass icon.