Canadian Quarters Are Really Good
By Earl
According to the Toronto Sun newspaper, RCMP experts concluded this month that a flood of seemingly fake quarters that surfaced in northern Ontario late last year are genuine. 'Investigators now believe the imperfect coins were badly worn in Manitoba casinos near the northern Ontario border, where they first turned up in vending machines ... Sgt. Moshe Gordon, head of the RCMP's anti-counterfeit public education and information section for Ontario, said the Queen's image on the front and the caribou on the back appear softer than on 'real' coins. But the most noticeable defect is the lack of a well-defined serrated edge,' reported the Toronto Sun.

After their alert last spring, The RCMP examined more than 1,000 quarters, of different minting dates. The alert was wide-ranging and most of the quarters were turned in by citizens wanting to do the right thing.

'To date we have yet to have one that's called a counterfeit,' Sgt. Keith Kailik said from Thunder Bay, where people first noticed the badly worn quarters in November, 2000.

Casino managers said in interviews that the quarters are not used in most licensed Ontario gaming houses, which switched to specially made electronic chip-equipped tokens about a year ago. But casinos in other provinces still accept quarters, reported the Toronto Sun.

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