Post by Michael Black Post by RichA Post by Rhino
The Canadian government has just announced that they are creating a $3
coin to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday this year. (We became a
sovereign country in July 1, 1867.)
We abandoned the $1 bill in favour of a $1 coin 20 odd years back; the
$2 bill also disappeared in favour of a $2 coin not long after. I'm not
a numismatist (coin collector) but I don't think we've ever had a coin
or bill worth $3 so this new coin isn't replacing anything in current usage.
I don't know what possessed the Canadian Mint to create a coin with this
denomination, especially given the well-known expression "as phoney as a
three dollar bill". It would have made more sense to have a $5 coin -
even if it wasn't intended to replace the $5 bill - but I really don't
see the point of a $3 coin....
Anyway, I suppose the reason I'm mentioning it is to let everyone from
other countries know that if you visit Canada and someone gives you a $3
coin in your change, it's probably NOT counterfeit.
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What negro or half-accomplished female will be on it?
No, VIola Desmond will be on the ten dollar bill.
This $3 coin is a collage, so there's a polar bear (unless it's a
grizzly), I think the CN tower, a beaver, and lots of other things,
including the almight salmon. I'm not sure why they didn't just issue the
design as a regular coin.
You'd think there'd be a press release describing it, but I can't find
"festooned with hockey sticks, canoes, lobster pots and other totems of
I don't see any lobster pots, unless they are supposed to be lobster
traps in the lower right.
Ah, here we go, from the mint site:
Canadian artist Laurie McGaw has created a fun and uplifting collage of
the places and things that make Canada great. Clockwise from the top:
hockey sticks and puck, snowflakes, polar bear, inukshuk, Parliament
Hill, Canadian flag, maple syrup, lighthouse, lobster traps, toboggan,
Canada goose, canoe, beaver, moose, black spruce tree, Beaver plane,
salmon, wheat, cowboy boot, mountains. The elements are roughly placed
in an east/west/north/south orientation to reflect their location on a
Canadian map. Together, they encircle a maple leaf that is the heart of
the design--and the heart of this nation. Proudly engraved with "150
YEARS/ANS". - See more at:
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