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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 33, August 19, 2007, Article 19

WORLD COINS USED AS SLUGS IN TORONTO SUBWAY SYSTEM

Responding to last week's item about British coins being used
as slugs in a German subway system, Tony Hine forwarded a copy
of an article he wrote about world coins being used on the
Toronto, Canada subway system.  It was published by the
Canadian Ethnic Media Association.

"Just as thrifty Canadian tourists may try to tip an unwary
third-world bellhop with Sandy McTire’s Canadian Tire bills,
so too some Caribbean immigrants know that some nickel coins
from the West Indies, especially bearing a likeness of Queen
Elizabeth, may pass as Canadian if added quickly to a TTC
(Toronto Transit Commission) fare box.

"Aluminum coins from Russia, Japan or even China looked
suspiciously like TTC tokens before the switch to bimetallic
versions in October 2006.

"TTC spokesperson Marilyn Bolton mentions the zloty of Poland
as an aluminum coin which regularly impersonated as an aluminum
token, prior to the changeover to the bimetallic token. But
spokesman Dave Hughes in Revenue at TTC says the foreign coin
taken in at TTC fare boxes is less than people think at only
$700 or $800 per year."

To read the complete article, see:
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 BRITISH COINS USED AS SLUGS IN GERMAN SUBWAY SYSTEM
 esylum_v10n32a14.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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