Coins, Canada, and (brief) Confusion
Yesterday morning, I went to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee. This is not particularly remarkable except that I paid in cash. As the total was $2.06, I ended up with a handful of coins in return for my bills. Not wanting to hold up the line while I put my change away, I dumped it in my pocket and headed to the office. The coins were then transferred to a pile on my desk to be dealt with later.
Several hours later, as I went to pack up and head home, I reached for the pile of change and noticed this:
Given its size, I assumed it was a quarter. In fact, at first glance, I thought it was one of those State Quarters that everyone was collecting circa 2000.* Internal dialogue continued as follows:
“Ooh, a new State Quarter I haven’t seen! Which state is this? … Canada? We made a state quarter for Canada? Man, we are dicks.“
Then I flipped the suspect coin over and saw Queen Elizabeth’s smiling face.
The coin was not dickish, just foreign. Mystery solved, Encyclopedia Brown.
In other numismatic news, I got a Sacagawea dollar at the post office – bringing the daily count of useless coins to two.
*Yes, I collected State Quarters. I was hardcore. As every complete collection contained a state quarter for each state from each mint, my beloved uncle in DC and I devised a plan. As I was closer geographically to the Denver mint, I’d collect the “D” quarters that had not yet circulated to the East Coast. I’d then swap them for the Philly (“P”) quarters he’d saved for me. Genius. Alas, the collection suffered a severe setback in 2003 when I left to study abroad (and start collecting Euros).