An odd-looking Canadian quarter with a bright red flower was the culprit behind a false espionage warning from the Defense Department about mysterious coins with radio frequency transmitters, The Associated Press has learned.
The harmless “poppy quarter” was so unfamiliar to suspicious U.S. Army contractors traveling in Canada that they filed confidential espionage accounts about them. 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.
The silver-colored 25-cent piece features the red image of a poppy
Yeah, that was the most asinine thing ever. Especially since if Canada really did have “spy coins”, I’m sure they wouldn’t colour them red with a big embossed poppy on them. I would imagine they would go for a design that wouldn’t draw quite so much attention to itself.
A coin with a red poppy on it? That’s awesome. Way to go Canada!
Gotta get me one of them.
Seriously, why would the Canadian government
a) Put nanotechnological espionage gear in wide-circulation coins in their own country and
b) Stick a big red poppy on it- possibly the most obvious thing you could?
Red poppies are everywhere here, people wear them on their lapels (fake ones) for about a month preceding Rememberance Day. It’s because of John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Field. I live in the town he was born in, so you really see them here. I’m actually trying to grow them this year but I’‘m not optimistic about them surviving.
A very nice design. It’s actually the first time I’ve seen a one with paint (as part of the design ).
And about poppies, here in Flanders fields, they’re growing everywhere, especially between the train tracks on the line I’m commuting. And with the warm temperatures of last couple of weeks, some are already blooming.