Monday, July 27, 2015

Are You #%^1n' Kiddin' Me #9

I used to think the Royal Canadian Mint was a kind of cool institution. I imagined serious, expert engravers and artists crafting collector and circulation coins that would have real cultural meaning to Canadians.

Apparently American cartoons now fit that description.

When I first saw that ad I thought it must be some kind of sneaky poser mint pretending to be the Real mint. Not so. The Real mint has gone into the cheesy licensed image collector coin business. I don't know why this seems like a betrayal to me, but it really does.

I have no doubt that the Mint employs many wonderful people with very well developed artistic, historical and cultural sensibilities. If this kind of crap pains me as a proud Canadian, I can only imagine what it is doing to them.

I guess I should be glad the Canadian mint isn't doing Disney Princess coins. They're just reselling the New Zealand mint's Disney Princess Coins:

Is this what the producers of legal currency around the world have come to? For God's sake, why? I mean, WHY? AAARRGGHH! Are You #%^1n' Kiddin' Me?

Yer Pal,

PS - I sure didn't think so, but I guess there's a chance that the Mint has been involved in this kind of thing for decades. If so, it doesn't make it any less repugnant to me.

PPS - Now I see that thanks to my searching on the topic to see if anyone else was incensed, there's an ad on my site (I don't exactly pick 'em) to go buy one of these damn things! Insult, meet injury and irony.

PPS - I feel the need to report that upon typing the words "injury and irony" above, the tune "ebony and ivory" sprung to mind. I am trying to stop myself from composing a full damn word-substitution Weird Al - style "Injury and Irony" song right now. Wish me luck.


cafiend said...

Looking forward to the song.

Don't be too hard on the mint. They have to make a living. Dignity is the next thing after your soul that gets sold in a capitalist economy.

RANTWICK said...

I WILL be hard on the mint. I just finished browsing the US mint's website. I didn't find any of this kind of BS. Non-circulating collectible coins? You bet. But they were all grounded in US history or geography. The mint is owned by the Country, dammit!

cafiend said...

If we had universal health care they might have to pimp out the mint to help pay for it. ;-)

John said...

Selling overpriced "collectable " anything is an American institution I'll have you know. And yeah... it sucks.

Steve A said...

What can you say about an outfit proud to make "Loonies?"

GreenComotion said...

I am with you, Patrick.
But, people call me old school, these days :(

Have a Great Week!
Peace :)

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