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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 42, October 15, 2006, Article 18

CANADA'S NAME OUR $2 COIN POLAR BEAR CONTEST

Stephen P. Woodland writes: "The five names available for people
to vote on in the "Name Our Polar Bear" contest were: Churchill,
Makwa, Plouf, Sacha, and Wilbert."

[So - the contest was for naming the bear depicted ON the coin,
not for naming the coin itself.  -Editor]

John Regitko adds: "Since the voting is now over, the specific
webpage might no longer be up and running.  When the two-dollar
coin was first introduced in Canada, a number of nicknames were
suggested before "Toonie" was popularized. Some examples include
Bearly, Deuce, Doubloonie and Polar.

There is no longer a $5 coin in the works. It was voted down in
a survey commissioned by, I believe, the Royal Canadian Mint and
the Bank of Canada."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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