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Canada 2004 Colourized Poppy "Spy Coin"

in October of 2004, The Royal Canadian Mint released a coloured commemorative twenty five cent piece, marking Rememberance Day, observed here on November 11th, to celebrate the end of First World War hostilities in 1918. 

The coin bears a bold Maple Leaf, with a scroll beneath it saying Remember/Souvenir. 

Recently though, it was discovered that supicious U.S. Army contractors in Canada filed confidential espionage accounts about the coins. The worried contractors described the coins as "filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology," according to once-classified U.S. government reports and e-mails obtained by the AP.

Colourized Poppy spy coinThe supposed nano-technology on the coin actually was a protective coating the Royal Canadian Mint applied to prevent the poppy's red color from rubbing off. The mint produced nearly 30 million such quarters in 2004 commemorating Canada's 117,000 war dead.

The confidential accounts led to a sensational warning from the Defense Security Service, an agency of the Defense Department, that mysterious coins with radio frequency transmitters were found planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada.

John Regitko, editor of the Canadian Numismatic Association newsletter predicted the quarter will become especially popular among collectors because of its infamy as the culprit behind the spy warning.

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$2.00 CDN

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