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Canada 2008 Canada Day Quarter - Cool Moose Colorized 25 Cents Proof-Like BU with Extras

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The Moose is Loose! This red colorized quarter, with interactive folder and tattoos, will rock your world (we think)!

Sold out at the Mint!The 2008 entry into the Canada Day Colorized Quarter Series puts the "fun" back in "funky" with the slightly offbeat, but definitely cool, "Cool Moose." We here at Talisman are not connoisseurs of coolness, but still, there are many reasons that we recognize that Cool Moose is cool, not the least of which is that the mint's press kit describes him as...

...a Moose who loves to live on the edge and can be found either doing tricks on his skateboard or taking air on his bike. Kids will love his adventurous spirit. The coin features him looking cool...

Living on the edge. "Taking air" on his bike (we can only hope that's better than breaking wind). Ever get the feeling that life (and the language) were passing you by? Yeah, us too.

Still don't believe this is one cool character? C'mon, people, get with the program - the evidence of Cool Moose's coolness is overwhelming:

1)  He is wearing a baseball cap. Backwards.
2)  He is wearing sunglasses (referred to, by those in the know, as "shades"). (But they're not backwards. Now we're confused.)
3)  Finally, his arms are crossed - a gesture so guaranteed to impart instant coolness on the most prim, lame and white-bread that by merely folding her arms, Martha Stewart could teleport back to 1974 and land Henry Winkler's role on Happy Days. Snap! Aaaay!

Oh, to be cool once more, like Cool Moose. Wait a minute - we were never cool. Guess that's just the memory playing tricks again. Anyway, Cool Moose's coolness seems a very safe and tame coolness. In fact, his outfit sort of looks cool...circa 1992. And his tattoos won't get you high (we've already tried licking 'em). Wait a minute, his shirt has a collar - what kind of anti-establishment statement is that? We're starting to think that Cool Moose is a fink, a snitch, a stoolie workin' for the Man. Hold the phone! Is that a wire he's wearin'? Why the lousy rat, we oughta...

At this point, we have to politely (but cooly) suggest a course of action. So don't be lame. Don't be a buzzkill. Instead, listen to your inner Fonz and buy this most cool of coins (please). To quote Pepe the King Prawn (another cool character): "How can you reseest?"

Cool Moose Packaging
This brilliant quarter is enclosed inside an entertaining and interactive folder that comes complete with four temporary tattoos and challenging but fun puzzle games!

Deeper Issues, or,  The Profundity of Cool Moose
This quarter and its packaging serve as a reminder of the relation and interconnection between Canada and the United States. While many Canadians are more than a little skeptical of their large neighbor to the south, and many Americans can't even find Canada on a map (hint: it's to the north - but that begs a whole different question, doesn't it?), our two nations enjoy the largest trading partnership (and some of the highest standards of living) in the world!

Joe Camel and Cool Moose - long lost brothers separated at birth?The quarter is undeniably Canadian, featuring the titular head of state, the monarch Queen Elizabeth II on one side, and the RCM's unique and proprietary colorization process on the other. (The U.S. Mint may never produce a coin with color.) Yet Cool Moose is wearing a baseball cap, emblematic of what has been referred to as the United States' "National Pastime" since the 1870s (yet, there remains one Canadian Major League team, the Toronto Blue Jays). He's also shown skateboarding (invented in California), though his board is bedecked with the Canadian national flag, and most skateboards are made out of Canadian maple. The moose is even wearing blue jeans, an icon of America. More disturbingly, Cool Moose bears an uncanny resemblance to Joe Camel, the ultra-suave mascot of Camel cigarettes (an American brand, owned by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco).

So despite Americans' obliviousness toward their northern neighbor, and Canada's ongoing yet futile battle to assert its cultural distinction from the behemoth below, maybe the moral is how similar and how interrelated our two nations are, are and how much we borrow from and depend upon each other.

Then again, the packaging does contain one small hint of a cultural difference. Note that the games inside the folder are titled "Quiz Zone". Not significant? Think again. This marks the set as Canadian, because if Wall Street tried to market something to the kids in America and use the word "quiz" (conjuring up images of school's dreaded "pop quiz" in the process), all they'd do is send the wee ones screaming for the hills. Apparently, Canadian youth aren't fazed by a good "quizzing", and are up for the challenge. Or maybe they just don't play games at the mint, eh?

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Technology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology all contribute to the stunning, full-color graphics on each coin.

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Obverse
Cool Moose is there, hanging out, wearing his baseball cap and shirt, looking incontrovertibly cool. The legend COOL CANADA, the date and denomination are also included.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

Packaging
The colorized quarter is safely protected inside a full-color, bilingual blister-pack folder. The folder comes with four temporary tattoos and a set of quiz games. Kewl!

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue     2008
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 4.4 g
Diameter 23.88 mm
   
Finish Proof-Like Brilliant Uncirculated with Color
Composition Three-Ply Nickel-Plated Steel
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)

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