My old Netcom home page has been around since the late 90s and has been largely neglected for the better part of the last decade. I keep it around for posterity, but there's a lot of linkrot there. I had moved some pages over to my blog, but not others. This is one of the last few remaining pages that haven't been migrated over. The last time this page was touched was back in 2003 for some minor link editing, but most of the content dates back to around 1995 or 1996
Ok, so you've been out shopping or running errands all day. If you're anything like me, you've managed to accumulate a pocket full of change from spending money you shouldn't have. What do you do with it? Well, if you're like most other people, you dig it all out, dump it into the change jar and don't give it a second thought. My change jar happens to be a yellow piggy bank.
But, if you look closely, you'll be surprised at what you can find in loose pocket change. Here are some of the coins I've found in mine. The unusualness mileage may vary for you, but for around here these are fairly unique. Well, for me anyway. I've buffed them up a bit so they look nice and shiny for you.
Coins are not shown at their actual or relative sizes
Coins from other places
This is a series of quarters that was minted to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Canada as a country. Each of the 10 provinces and 2 territories had their own coin. Each coin depicts a small scene which represents the culture and land in each province/territory. On the loonie are a some people in front of the Peace Tower, located at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa.
When they first came out, people would buy rolls and rolls of quarters and hoard them, so nowadays it's pretty rare to find one in your pocket. I've only managed to acquire 9 of the 12 province coins, plus a couple of loonies ($1 coins for those of you not in the know). I've also included links to the closest thing I could find for a home page for each province, just in case you wanted to do some touring.
|British Columbia||Saskatchewan||Ontario||Nova Scotia||New Brunswick|
|Prince Edward Island||Newfoundland||Northwest Territories||The Yukon|
and the loonie.
|This one is the RCMP quarter, minted to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It's kind of an old coin, minted back in 1973 I think.|
|This one is a subway token for the New York City subway system. I just happened to have one left over from a trip I made to New York in June 94.|
|This goes waaay back (entirely too far back) to my days as a mall rat and arcade junkie. It's an arcade token from somewhere. I forget where it came from.|