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Topic: The Canadian Loonie - why 11?
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The Canadian Loonie - why 11?
Posted: Oct 28, 1994 9:54 AM
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On October 27th, Michael Keyton wrote:
>Are the Canadian coins polygonal shaped or inscribed polygons in a >circular
coin? Does anyone know why? Is it political, geographical, >or just quirky?
Not nr. of provinces (10) plus territories (1).

It is not geographical because we have 10 provinces and 2 territories,
soon to be 3 territories. The loony (or loonie), our one dollar coin
is an 11 sided polygon (I won't bother to choose one of the names currently
circulating), about the side of your half dollar coin. I
am going to call the Royal Canadian Mint tomorrow am to get a final
decision on our "quirk", eh.

Update : Called the Mint this morning. The answer is obvious - it is to aid
the blind.


Cal Armstrong
Maths Department
Stanstead College
Stanstead, PQ

p.s. I think AOL attached the entire message I was replying to to my
previous message. I apologize for that.

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