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Speak Your Mind: Canada has a Monopoly on Awesome Money

I don't carry around a lot of money. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. I don't have a lot of money, and 2. Why would I carry around money when I can just use my debit card? I've built my life around not carrying cash, and it's worked out pretty well for me.

But, as usual, Canada storms into my little world and makes me rethink everything I know. Because, as we pointed out last week in the Reality Checks, Canada has commemorative quarters that feature glow in the dark dinosaur skeletons.

Why you gotta be so awesome, Canada? If the US had glow in the dark dinosaur money, I would carry a money pouch on my belt loop like I lived in a Rennaissance Fair. Our money is so boring! What do we have? Presidents? Occassionally you run across a Susan B. Anthony quarter or a Sacagawea dollar coin, which are cool, but somehow lacks cachet of glow in the dark dinosaurs.

If you ruled your country, what would you put on your currency? Would you stick with the heads of historical leaders, or would you do something a little more…nontraditional? Are there any important people/animals you think have been ignored by Big Currency?

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  1. April 19, 2012 at 2:24 am —

    I was actually thinking about this the other day! Mainly I was just musing about how annoying and useless pennies are, and how theUS notes are pretty much all the same colour and have boring things on them and how much more I like the NZ notes….just saying'. So shoot me. I also dislike how the nickels are bigger than the dimes.
    ANYWAY. I think we have cool people on them, so I don't think I'd change them. Sir Edmund Hillary (the note also features Mt. Cook, and a Massey Ferguson tractor), Kate Sheppard (Suffragette), The Queen, Sir Apirana Ngata (first Maori Politician, he did a lot of work on Maori land claims), and Ernest Rutherford. The other sides all have native birds on them, and birds are pretty cool. 

    • April 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm —

      American money is so freaking boring! We have a lot of great historical figures. Why do we have to go with a bunch of white dudes (with the two exceptions). We should have money with Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, any of a billion Native American leaders, not to mention great scientists, artists, or musicians. And the colors. MY GAWD, THE HORRIBLE COLORS.

  2. April 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm —

    I'd put stuff on the money instead of people. Dinosaurs, Rutherford's gold foil experiment, Newtons first law of motion, Saturn, Asimov's laws of robotics, Photosynthesis …

    • April 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm —

      All good suggestions. I always like the idea of money also being art. And nothing says ART to me more than FLOWERS!
      I wish I was joking. But give me a quarter full of sunflowers any day 🙂

  3. April 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm —

    By the way. Our current most used bills (the 100 and 200) have an opera singer (Kirsten Flagstad) and a scientist (Kristian Birkeland).

    • April 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm —

      That's cool! I wish US money had non-political figures on them.

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