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New "Glow in Dark" Toonie
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:54:13 PM »
Keep Your Eye Out For Canada’s New Glow-in-the-Dark Toonie

The special-edition release is the first photoluminescent coin to ever enter circulation.

BY CARA GIAIMO JUNE 13, 2017

CANADA TURNS 150 YEARS OLD this year, and while some residents are celebrating by planting (and eating) tulip gardens, the country’s mint has settled on something different: they’ve released the world’s first glow-in-the-dark circulating coin.

The two-dollar coin, or “toonie,” depicts two people paddling a canoe, surrounded by tall pines with the northern lights above. As the Daily Hive reports, it was designed by Timothy Hsia of Richmond, British Columbia, as part of a national contest.

While most of the coin sports your average currency colors, on one side, the northern lights appear in blue and green. When the coin is in a dark environment—say, a bar or a pocket—the green parts emit a soft glow.

There are plenty of novelty coins out there—and Canada has tried this particular trick before—but most never enter circulation, and have to be purchased purposefully as keepsakes. Although you can buy the glowing toonie as part of the “2017 Canada 150 5-coin collection,” you can also just wait around for one to turn up in your palm, or your tip jar.

Just don’t leave it out on your nightstand! It might keep you awake.

Source: Atlas Obscura
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Re: New "Glow in Dark" Toonie
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 11:51:56 AM »
As Obelix would put it, "strange guys, those Canadians". Anybody eating tulip bulbs must be in the middle of a famine or devoid of any kind of taste. My parents tried it and convinced me not to try it. :P

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Re: New "Glow in Dark" Toonie
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 07:06:19 PM »
I got a few of these in circulation and to tell you the truth, its after such a long time that I have seen such beautiful coins that represent the spirit of this amazing and pristine land. Who has not canoed in one of the national or provincial parks and has or yearns to see the beautiful northern lights privy to just a handful of countries, we are so blessed to witness.

If ever there was a reason to make a glow in the dark coin, what better way than an ode to one of nature's most magical phenomenon. the RCM and the authorities got something fantastically right for a change