Manufactured in Viet Nam and being sold in a Mandalay fashion shop, these blingin’ belt buckles imply global shifts in the status of the cultures they come from. When does a currency become sufficiently valuable to justify immortalizing it in belt-buckle form? Does your currency make the cut? What standards are normally adhered to when deciding which currency to suspend directly above one’s crotch? Which is more important – brand recognition or true value? Of course there is an advantage of an unknown currency – freedom to fabricate your own narrative about the superiority of your chosen lucre.
Before Americans get any bees in their bonnets, yes, they also stocked big-faced Bennys.