One of the most haunting sounds of the Northern Wilderness is the cry of the Loon. It is an eerie sound – a sort of a cross between howling and yodeling.
The Loon really symbolizes the bush, much more so than the ubiquitous beaver.
Canada no longer uses the one dollar or two dollar bill. A dollar wont buy you much anymore; in fact you need two of them to get a cup of coffee.
And paper currency doesn’t last very long before it needs replacement. So, in 1987, it was decided to scrap the dollar bill and it was replaced by a large gold (colored) one-dollar coin.
The new coin had the Queen on the obverse and Northern Loon on the reverse side. Hence, it was dubbed the “Loonie”.
Over the years, “special edition” Loonies have been issued to commemorate Canadian achievements and milestones. It has been a real boon to coin collectors.
In 1996 it was decided to get rid of the paper two-dollar bill which cost six-cents to produce and lasted less than a year in circulation.
Enter the bi-metallic two dollar coin. It was quickly dubbed the “Toonie”!
The Toonie features a Polar Bear on the obverse. The bear has been named “Churchill” aftyer the town on Hudson’s Bay in Northern Manitoba that is infested with the giant carnivores.
So the next time you have a Loonie in your hand, take a close look at the obverse side. There are some really unique and interesting collectibles.