The Canadian Quarter…

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Revenant

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I find myself trying to take a minute to focus on something positive as its looking like Laura is coming for us - as if the year of the ‘Rona wasn’t bad enough without a Cat 3 or 4 Hurricane to spice things up. I always hate the lead-up to a storm. The stress and worry tie your stomach up in knots. Anyway…

In early November of last year, I went to Canada for a few days on a job. These trips are not usually all that fun - I usually plan them so I get in, do the job, and get back home without a lot of sight-seeing. I usually just go to the Hotel and the Job site. I often think it would be fun to get to go to a bank and get some local coins and currency, but it usually just is not in the cards.

I try to get my steps / miles in every day to get my exercise though and, on this trip, I took a walk around the area surrounding the hotel. On this walk I found a quarter. It was a Canadian quarter with Alberta featured on the back. I never got around to posting about this but finding this quarter was interesting and fun for a few reasons:

1) I was in Alberta at the time of finding it.

2) The back of the coin featured / referenced the oil and gas industry and oil production. Alberta is the center of the oil and gas industry in Canada, I work in Oil and Gas, and I was actually there visiting a field with a large number of collection points and decentralized processing facilities that was in a remote area.

The quarter celebrates the 2005 centennial of Alberta, and 2005 also happens to be the year I graduated high school - and happens to be the year PMG was founded and started grading notes, so bonus points there.

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Prior to finding this I had not realized that Canada had their own statehood quarter program / were featuring states / provinces on their quarters like the US has been (for about 20 years now).

It is not super-pretty, especially on the obverse - it IS a parking lot find, after all.

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So, in a way, it was a perfect token / memento from the trip, and I bought it home with me - along with a snow globe, which Ben smashed within 24 hours. It has spent most of the last year on my dresser and I see it from time to time.

I was supposed to return to the area two more times for follow up projects in the 1st and 3rd quarters of this year but the outbreak of the pandemic and the crash in oil projects get a lot of projects postponed - both to limit visitors to the sites and to keep spending down. It's funny sometimes to think about how different this year has been from how it "was supposed to be."

One thing I will say for Hurricanes - I think I’ve made more progress on cleaning up in the garage in the last 36 hours than in the last 2 years as we try to get to be able to bring both cars into the protective envelope of the house.

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That quarter as you mentioned was issued to commemorate Alberta's 100th anniversary of becoming a Canadian Province. There was also one issued for Saskatchewan the same year. These have nothing to do with the  the Provincial  and Territorial coins (total 12, one issued each month) celebrating Canada's 125th Anniversary of Confederation which were issued in 1992, 7 years before the US Statehood program. The word up here is that the US liked the idea so much, they thought they would copy the idea and issue a coin for each of the 50 states.:nyah:

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2 hours ago, Greenstang said:

The word up here is that the US liked the idea so much, they thought they would copy the idea and issue a coin for each of the 50 states.:nyah:

Now, who would imagine, much less accuse, the US government of stealing so blatantly and shamelessly? Lol 

I honestly never heard of the 1992 program or these commemoratives, but I don't go that far North much and don't normally collect Canadian coins except for what I pull in change down here in Texas.

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Now, who would imagine, much less accuse, the US government of stealing so blatantly and shamelessly? Lol 

Maybe it was just co-incidence.

Anyhow , FYI,  here is a photo of the twelve coins in one of several aftermarket holders.

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OHHHH YEAAAA   They certainly stole the idea from the Canadians I too was never aware they did this but then I don't collect Canadian coins. 

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So, I must be confused. Prior to confederation the quarter didn't exist.  The 1858 20C piece was close.  It was more convenient when converting into British pound/shillings I suspect.  After confederation (1867), it was several years before a quarter was produced (1870).  The states (i.e. USA) had been producing quarters for almost a 100 years by then.  It would seem to me that Canada borrowed the concept of a quarter in the first place.  If Canadian, please respond in French.  Je demand tu parle en francais, si-vous plait.  (:

Revenant you need to get out of the oil patch next time and into the Canadian Rockies.  It will cost you a bit more than a quarter to do so, but well worth it.  

 

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First of all I don't speak French. I don't live live in Quebec so I don't have any need to speak French.

Not quite sure what your point is but the Dollar was established as the unit of money in 1857 and was given the same intrinsic value as the US Dollar, so by your theory, Canada  borrowed the concept of the Cent, 5 Cent, 10 Cent, 25 Cent, 50 Cent and 1 Dollar coins so I guess we borrowed the complete concept as did many other countries that use the dollar as their monetary unit of money.  

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I collect Canadian quarters loosely.  I have a set in a Dansco I created.  Even picked up a few slabbed.  A few of them are outstanding!

 

 

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On 8/25/2020 at 2:31 PM, Revenant said:

Now, who would imagine, much less accuse, the US government of stealing so blatantly and shamelessly? Lol 

I honestly never heard of the 1992 program or these commemoratives, but I don't go that far North much and don't normally collect Canadian coins except for what I pull in change down here in Texas.

I collect both canadian and us quarters. I think canada is WAY ahead on  creativity with their coins. Looking at the colorized quarters and some of the colorful bird and flower series amazes me.

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