Looney Loonies
May 8, 2015 2:35 PM   Subscribe

 
Cheapest coin has a printed value of 10$ and a price of 189$. Most expensive coin has no printed value and is 69,000$ (solid gold).

So while they may be putting these things on coins, they are certainly not for circulation, and only coin collectors will ever own them.

Marketed to kids, priced for rich adults.
posted by el io at 2:51 PM on May 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


Still more dignified than putting a significant number of our recent senators on them.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 2:55 PM on May 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's all about the kaboom. The earth-shattering kaboom.
posted by Nerd of the North at 3:01 PM on May 8, 2015 [7 favorites]


el io: "Cheapest coin has a printed value of 10$ and a price of 189$. Most expensive coin has no printed value and is 69,000$ (solid gold)."

Actually, the face value of the $69,000 (1KG!) gold coin is $2500.

The price of gold is $46k/KG (CAD), making this a not totally absurd proposition.

Definitely much better than the $2,350 1KG silver coin, with a metal value of only $640 CAD.
posted by WaylandSmith at 3:06 PM on May 8, 2015


Canada, I am trying real hard to take you seriously and this is not making it any easier.
posted by indubitable at 3:35 PM on May 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


Canada, I am trying real hard to take you seriously and this is not making it any easier.

Here, maybe this will help for compare/contrast purposes.
posted by phunniemee at 3:49 PM on May 8, 2015 [6 favorites]


The cheaper the government, the gaudier the currency.
posted by ubiquity at 4:06 PM on May 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


WHO CARES whose picture they put on the US$20 bill?

Well, since you bring it up, I'm all in favor of leaving Andrew Jackson on it. But I'd like to see it based on a new painting. One in which the artist was requested to depict what his face would look like a few moments after he was solidly kicked in the nuts.
posted by George_Spiggott at 4:10 PM on May 8, 2015 [5 favorites]


Is it just me, or are those things really ugly?

- Former coin collector
posted by benito.strauss at 4:36 PM on May 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


Apparently the real way to make up a budget deficit is seigniorage.
posted by GuyZero at 5:04 PM on May 8, 2015


If you want to get rid of Jackson (who hated the bankers)... I nominate William Tecumseh Sherman to replace him.
posted by MikeWarot at 6:05 PM on May 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ech, is there even a somewhat tenuous Canadian connection there? Where's my Big Snit nickle? My Log-Driver's Waltz loonie? My creepy Egg that keeps cracking quarter?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:36 PM on May 8, 2015 [8 favorites]


Well, those characters are still all male. Except maybe Tweety Bird.
posted by tunewell at 7:02 PM on May 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Royal Canadian Mint sure is phoning it in since they got rid of the penny.
posted by furtive at 7:50 PM on May 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


For shame. What didn't they use all-Canadian cartoon characters? Like The Raccoons and.... that's all I've got.
posted by Bwithh at 8:40 PM on May 8, 2015


Yeah, where's my Johnny Test coin?
posted by Small Dollar at 9:00 PM on May 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


An entire series of coins featuring the cast of the Log Driver's Waltz!
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 9:02 PM on May 8, 2015 [4 favorites]


What didn't they use all-Canadian cartoon characters?
Two words: RE. BOOT.
I want my $CAD20 Hexadecimal!
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:12 PM on May 8, 2015 [9 favorites]


For shame. What didn't they use all-Canadian cartoon characters? Like The Raccoons and.... that's all I've got.

Dudley Do-Right! Inspector Fenwick, Little Nell and Horse? I can't see them using Snidley Whiplash.

Oh, also Klondike Kat.

Oh, you meant made by Canadians. Honestly, who notices a thing like that?
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:27 PM on May 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


To be the pedantic buzkill here, none of this is circulating Canadian currency. It's all investment-grade coinage. That's all minted in Ottawa. That's all they do there.

All of our circulating coinage is minted in Winnipeg.

But yeah, as investment-grade coinage, WTF?

If they are not going with The Big Snit or the Log Driver's Waltz before Looney Tunes (nothing against Looney Tunes, mind you), then, well...oh.

If The Sweater is not minted, tarbarnacle, well then fuck.

PS If you are following hockey and do not know The Sweater, then see link immediately above.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:28 PM on May 8, 2015 [4 favorites]


Two more words about Canadian Animation: HEAVY. METAL. (heck, it had most of the cast of SCTV doing voices...)
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:53 PM on May 8, 2015 [5 favorites]


Order now and recieve the Heros of H.U.A.C. Commemorative busts featuring Walt Disney, Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan and Gary Cooper!
posted by clavdivs at 11:18 PM on May 8, 2015


available only in the U.S.A.
posted by clavdivs at 11:19 PM on May 8, 2015


Oh, you meant made by Canadians. Honestly, who notices a thing like that?



ಠ_ಠ


AHEM.


The National Film Board of Canada has produced some of the most wonderful animation ever. It isn't the same character driven stuff as Warner Brothers - it's more experimental and far reaching, but there always seems to be this strain of wry humor and wonder that runs through even the darkest films.

This is a SMALL sample:

Walking, Ryan Larkin 1968
The Street, Caroline Leaf, 1976
*Bob's Birthday, David Fine and Alison Snowden, 1993
*Every Child, Eugene Fedorenko, 1979
*The Sand Castle, Co Hoedeman, 1977
*Special Delivery, Eunice Macaulay & John Weldon, 1978
The Cat Came Back, Cordell Barker, 1988
Black Fly, Christopher Hinton, 1991
*Neighbors, Norman McLaren, 1952
Madame Tutli-Putli, Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, 2007
Subservience, Patrick Bouchard, 2007
How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels, Craig Welch, 1996
Du big bang à mardi matin (From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning, Claude Cloutier, 2000
The Lump, John Weldon, 1991
Get A Job, Brad Caslor, 1985
Toys, Grant Munro, 1968
What on Earth! Les Drew and Kaj Pindal, 1967

*denotes Oscar winners. So somebody obviously cares.



Look, you can make fun of Canadians for LOTS of reasons. But you cannot come for their animation. I WILL FIGHT YOU.
posted by louche mustachio at 3:06 AM on May 9, 2015 [16 favorites]


For shame. What didn't they use all-Canadian cartoon characters? Like The Raccoons and.... that's all I've got.

Constable Benton Fraser, Detective William Murdoch.....
posted by RonButNotStupid at 3:24 AM on May 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


I kid, but both those shows were/are at their best when they amp up the cartoonishness such as Fraser repeating the same "I first came to Chicago on the trail of the killers of my father...." line in every episode or Murdoch piloting a preinvented airplane over Niagra falls to escape from evil 19th century Americans.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 3:30 AM on May 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


Here, maybe this will help for compare/contrast purposes.

In fairness that's just one of those junk late-night-tv-ad "collectibles"; basically a privately defaced coin, nothing to do with the U.S. mint. You might buy one as a novelty gift or trinket to commemorate something if it's cheap enough, but don't try to sell one, nobody wants them.
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:58 AM on May 9, 2015


Also for get off my lawn purposes, it still jars me every time to see him called "Marvin the Martian". He was never called that -- or really anything -- in the cartoons, they came up with that when they needed something to call him for product marketing purposes.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:00 AM on May 9, 2015


Just to add to louche mustachio's highly excellent list - the NFB's website is full of good stuff too.

Here's the animation section, but their other channels are worth exploring as well.

The NFB Films app is pretty good too.

But apparently the mint strikes glow in the dark coins, too.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:07 AM on May 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


The second-highest grossing Canadian film of all time - and by "Canadian", I mean created, directed, produced, voice-acted and animated by Canadians, even though much of the money was South Korean - was a recently released animated feature which got horrible reviews.

Somehow I doubt Surly the Squirrel will make it onto coins any time soon.
posted by clawsoon at 11:07 AM on May 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


Also for get off my lawn purposes, it still jars me every time to see him called "Marvin the Martian"

It makes me very angry. Very angry indeed.
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 2:30 PM on May 11, 2015


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