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.