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The "new" nickel

I got change from a vending machine recently, and one of the coins was one of the new Lewis & Clark nickels with the Big Head Jefferson.

I saw it and I thought, "What the heck? A Canadian nickel?" No, it's one of those new coins. They not only look odd, but they FEEL odd as well, the edge is raised and kind of sharp.

The Kansas quarter kinda looks Canadian, too. Isn't there a Canadian coin with a buffalo on it as well?



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Feb. 7th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
Dunno if you have any Canadians who watch your journal, but last time I looked, the Canadian nickel had a beaver on it. The quarter had an elk. The dime had a sailing ship (the Bluenose I think.) The penny had a maple leaf. No buffalo that I can remember. The front side of all current Canadian coins has Queen Elizabeth II, of course. I believe "Queen of Canada" is still one of her nominal titles.

US nickels had a buffalo on one side and an Indian portrait on the other side back between the two world wars.
Feb. 8th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
The quarter had an elk.

That's actually a caribou, dear boy. ;-)
Feb. 8th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
If you say so. The antlers look too branchy and spiky to me for a caribou. :)
Feb. 7th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
None of the Canadian circulation coins have a buffalo, but we'd call it a bison if there were. ;-) There was a 1997 platinum coin set that had wood bison, and there was a bison skull on the 1982 silver dollar.
Feb. 7th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
The Canadian nickel has a beaver in the back, and Queen Elizabeth II in the front.... which actually is used as a joke (which canadians hate BTW) something 'aboot' the "Queen's Beaver"... ???
Feb. 8th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
I love the Kansas buffalo quarter. I like the new buffalo nickel a bit more, tho. First American coin with a penis on it in 70 years! ;-)
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