An odd-looking Canadian coin with a bright red flower was the culprit behind the U.S. Defense Department's false espionage warning earlier this year, The Associated Press has learned. The odd-looking — but harmless — "poppy coin" 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 "anomalous" and "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.
Read the whole story here......http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~r/usatoday-TechTopStories/~3/114773085/2007-05-07-spy-coin-canada_N.htm(or google "poppy quarter" for a dozen more reports")
All I can add to this story is "WHY, WHY, WHY ARE THESE GUYS STILL DRAWING A PAYCHEQUE?"
Anyway, the poppy quarter was issued in 2004, and in an unusual move, was only distributed Canada wide as change for the Tim Horton's Coffee franchise. It commemorates the sacrifices of fallen soldiers, and came out late in the year in '04. Read the real story of the Poppy Quarter here....http://www.allnationsstampandcoin.com/newsletters/news59.html