Friday, November 04, 2005
NEWS: Canada releases the world's first painted coin
On October 21st, 2004 (http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2004/10/21/quarter.html) the canadian mint released the first painted coin in the world. It is a quarter whose paint is said to last under regular use for 3 years. On one said it has a painted red poppy, a symbol in canada usually associated with November 11th, Remembrance Day.
The symbol of the poppy as a War Memorial symbol originates from this poem:
A history of the poem can be found here: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm