Ok, I guess it was inevitable. Coin makers have finally run out of ideas for things to commemorate. Thanks to Arthur Shippee for forwarding this article.
I remember when the U.S. State quarters program was launched and everyone got (comparatively) excited about coin collecting. Now that Canada has introduced a collection of coins featuring mythical creatures, I realize how dumb it was to get all excited about states. Canada has a history of prettying up their money, but unlike the plastic currency initiative, this line of coins seems to be all about the coolness factor.
The current coins in the line are lake dragon Memphré, who allegedly lives in Quebec’s Lake Memphremagog; Mishepishu an aquatic panther of some sort rumored to live in Lake Superior; and the classic Sasquatch. All of the coins are legal tender and worth 25 cents a piece Canadian, although they cost $24.95 Canadian by virtue of being collectors items and being plain awesome. Besides, these aren’t the kind of things you spend. These are the kind of things that are begging to be embarrassing family heirlooms.
To read the complete article, see:
Canada Introduces Line of Cryptid Coins That Are Way Cooler Than U.S. State Quarters
I had to visit the Royal Canadian Mint web site to see if this was a hoax, but apparently the coins are for real even if the subjects are not.
To buy the Sasquatch coin , see:
25-Cent Coloured Coin - Sasquatch (2011)
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