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Do you think we could/should combine this into the article on "alternative currency", and have a redirect? Perhaps there is a subtle distinction, but this distinction might be too Pedantic to be practical. I think having two separate pages may end up making it (a) harder for readers to find information, and (b) harder to link related pages to relevant material on these two pages. Cazort 19:28, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
Just one comment...if we pick one page to keep as the main one, I think it should be "alternative currency"; a quick google search shows that that term appears to be dominant in the literature--it is used about 3 times more frequently and will probably lead to more visibility. Cazort 19:30, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
WHY I LIKE TO SPEAK OF COMPLEMENTARY COMMUNITY CURRENCY (ccc)
Thanks for your comments. But keep in mind: In case there are people who fear that monetary activists are out to undermine the national money system we want to assure them that it is not a matter of either/or, this/that, but both/and.
Complementary means that CCC is in addition to the national currency, not as a replacement of it. Growing up in Newfoundland--I was born in 1930--I actually remember the time when banks printed their own paper money.
I am not sure when the practice was stopped, but my father--who died in 1944--and older brothers all worked for an iron ore mining company (Dominion Iron and Steel) on Bell Island, Newfoundland. http://www.bellisland.net They were paid in paper cash. Some weeks they got Bank Of Nova Scotia paper money; some weeks they got Bank of Montreal paper money. By the way, a forty dollars in bills, plus a few coins with the name Newfoundland stamped on them, was a big weeks' pay in the 1940's. To help pay my way to university http://www.mta.ca I worked for a year, picking rock out of iron ore--cold and dirty work. For a sixty-hour week, I earned thirty-eight dollars and change.
Interestingly, Newfoundland had a 20 cent coin.
annuit coeptus - you have to be called by God, and you have to have something other men want. Avarice has laid many to waste, on some fair Sunday morning, a lot of blood has been shed around money. The only thing the rich are laughing at the poor, is how poor a rag they are printing on. And, there is no gold printed on the ribbon. Only a promise to do better in the future.
The page is currently written as if Complementary community currency is the accepted name. This term gets only 5 google scholar hits:  and gets NO google news archive hits: . Complementary currency, however, gets 134 google scholar hits:  and 43 google news archive hits: . It's clear to me which term is more mainstream.
Also, I want to emphasize that people often use the term "complementary currency" and "community currency" interchangeably. Community currency is by far the most widely used term: 425 google scholar hits WITHOUT the word "complementary":  and 431 google news hits: . I'm going to replace "complementary community currency" with "complemenatry currency" and make a few other pages, but we should seriously start thinking also about the relationship between this and community currency, which currently redirects to local currency. We have too many pages about essentially one topic. Yes, there are some technical nuances but to most people studying the subject from a scholarly or news-reporting subject, it's a unified topic. Cazort (talk) 22:47, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
I favour merging the page (I am matslats). I work in the field. There is a need to explain types of 'alternative' currency mechanisms, both working and theoritical, e.g., LETS, SCRIP, barter systems, open money etc, and some of their variations and wilder forms. And then there are example currencies which are good to list. Another synonym for the page should be 'community currencies', it's all part of the same disparate movement. Then also consider 'local money', which I guess is a large subset of the alternative currencies. matslats --Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 18:11, 1 April 2009 (UTC)
do coupons deserve a mention on this page? For instance, a slip of paper worth a dollar at any McDonalds, or any other gift certificate. McDonalds GCs, in particular, have the same size and shape as US paper money. I had some recently and actually had no trouble at all using one instead of a George Washington away from a McDonalds. So in case the federal reserve somehow collapses, I trust that Ronald McDonald will rise to the challenge of replacing it. Whoopee. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 05:45, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
Neither of the alternative currency article's two references (in the body of text) appear to use that term. One is about barter and another is (reportedly) about local currencies. All the information applies to complementary currencies (and or local currency, community currency, private currency). Unless the term 'alternative currency' can be referenced the article should be merged. Jonpatterns (talk) 12:32, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Bad idea, Alternative and Complementary are essentially opposite terms, and Complementary is the best way to describe how currencies can work together. The idea is not that one currency is an "alternative" to another one. Rather the idea is that both currencies can be "complementary" to each other. -- Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 21:30, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
Based on this discussion, which was mostly more than a year ago, I am planning at some point to "boldly" merge (or maybe that should be "to merge boldly" or "boldly to merge", anyway merge) this article into Complementary currency. The objection from User:22.214.171.124, in addition to being the minority view, doesn't really seem correct to me. "Alternative" isn't the opposite of "complementary"; "complementary" currencies are "alternatives" to the national currency, in the sense that if you use a complementary currency to purchase something, you aren't using the national currency. But most complementary currencies do not seek to replace the national currency and usually are designed to supplement or complement, and to be used along side, the national currency. All the examples of alternative currencies in that article are also complementary currencies. Notwithstanding the theoretical objection that there could be an alternative currency which competed with national currencies and wasn't complementary to them, there aren't actually any examples given of that, and "alternative currency" in practice seems to be a synonym for "complementary currency", with "complementary" seeming to be the more widely used term. So last call for objections before I merge the other article into this. Person54 (talk) 19:53, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
I rather like this chart that someone created though maybe we should have some guidelines for a currency to "make it in". Should it be above a certain value? the top 20? It could be unweildy if there are 300 included. I also was thinking we could add rows such as "current value in existence" where this is either standardized or in the regions official currency and "velocity of money" though this may not always be available. I filled in some info on the Chiemguaer. Chickpecking (talk) 08:24, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
Why are the official PL, CS, HU etc. listed there?
Bulgarian lev Regional currency European Union
? I have fixed only the PL entry for the actual complementary one: https://en.m.www.popflock.com/learn?s=Bon_Towarowy_PeKaO Zezen (talk) 09:41, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
It seems weird that someone has to point this out, but: the European Union is not yet a sovereign state or a 'country' by any other definition, nor does it currently have any official plans to become one. It's an intergovernmental body, more like NATO, or the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. It has members that are sovereign states i.e. 'countries', just like how the United States of America is a sovereign state and Canada is a sovereign state; in fact the United Kingdom, listed in the table as a country, is a member of the European Union (at least for the rest of this month).
So describing the Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Hungarian, Romanian and Swedish currencies as 'regional' currencies in the 'country' of the European Union is like describing Polish Zloty or British Pounds as 'regional currencies'. They're not that, they're national currencies, just like the Canadian Dollar, Japanese Yen etc.
But if you're creating that table then you're already on Wikipedia, so it's ridiculously easy to look that up... -- Preceding unsigned comment added by Adam Dent (talk o contribs) 08:12, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
Can the FarmShare currency be listed in the currencies list ? See https://www.academia.edu/16673793/FarmShare_Blockchain_Community-Supported_Agriculture FarmShare: Blockchain Community-Supported Agriculture Genetics4good (talk) 08:27, 26 October 2019 (UTC)