Photographer's Note

Learning about a new place in which you live should include knowing about the money and the music of the area. A very popular children's singer, Michael Mitchell, wrote and performs many songs about the country of Canada, including history, geography and coinage. "Canada in my Pocket" is one of the first songs our children learned, after "O Canada" of course (the national anthem). The words of the chorus are:

"I've got Canada in my pocket, A little bit of history:
A penny, and a nickel, and a quarter and a dime
Mean a lot to you and me.
It's more than pocket money,
They're the symbols of our land.
They're pictures of important things
For which this country stands."

Here in a child's hand are: the maple leaf, the beaver, the schooner (the Bluenose), and the caribou. Not included here are the Loonie (a 1 dollar coin featuring the northern aquatic bird, the loon), and the Twoonie (a 2 dollar coin featuring the polar bear). Canada's coins also feature special issues from time to time, including tributes to the newest Canadian territory, Nunavut, or tributes to Canadian history or important events. And on the other side of the coin, you'll find our tribute to our British heritage: Queen Elizabeth II.

For more information:
About Canadian Coins
About the beaver
About the schooner, the Bluenose
TE photo of and information on the caribou
TE photo of maple leaf (with incredibly good information! thanks, Mumek!)

It's difficult to photograph a macro of very shiny coins, by the way. Comments welcome.

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