# Solving the mystery of red quarters: why are some coins painted red?

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What’s a “coin”?

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It’s what you use to “make it hail.”

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A quarter is 5 short DTMF beeps of 1700 Hz and 2200 Hz in quick succession.

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I’ve just been helping Technical Granddaughter with her maths homework and it’s all about coins and cash money. Which she might never really use. But all maths problems are useful.

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Canadian quarters were painted red in 2004 in order to (pick one):

a) spy on American defence contractors using nanotechnology, or

b) fuck with American security for the lulz.

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Even more so in the past.

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Yeah, I errr, could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…

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trick question. it’s impossible to answer without knowing what the fed is doing

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It’s the new red cent because inflation.

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I’m told it’s the sound a duck makes in France.

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A train leaves Chicago at 7am, traveling west at an average of 35mph. Another train leaves Kansas City, MO at 8:30am, traveling east at an average of 40mph. One of the passengers on the westbound train is a librarian. One of the passengers on the eastbound train is a butcher. What does the butcher weigh?

Lamb chops

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As someone who worked in an arcade in the 90’s I can verify that we used them as house quarters to test a coin slot or give a free play. The red made them super easy to pull out of the bins or coin counter. We had a set number, and they all had to be accounted for when we would balance our cash on hand.

Every time I see one now, I do get a bit nostalgic…

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It was me… my parents owned a 7-11 in the 80’s
She painted 2 rolls of quaters and paid me to sweep the parking lot, face off the shelves, fold the papers on the weekends ar 5am.
I had the orange quater roll maker…
3 bags of quaters from 5 machines…
Id have to sift out the red ones and give them separated.

Confronted her 10 years ago… calling her out for about \$25k in back pay for 7 yrs of picking up cig butts.
But finding the RC and NIHi caps to peel back the plastic seal to show winning \$.10

Ahh great to be GenX

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Or a dong sound, with a dime being two dings, and nickle a single ding.

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Reminds me of an old Feynman essay.

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Obligatory footnote from Good Omens:

NOTE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND AMERICANS: One shilling = Five Pee. It helps to understand the antique finances of the Witchfinder Army if you know the original British monetary system:

Two farthings = One Ha’penny. Two ha’pennies = One Penny. Three pennies = A Thrupenny Bit. Two Thrupences = A Sixpence. Two Sixpences = One Shilling, or Bob. Two Bob = A Florin. One Florin and one Sixpence = Half a Crown. Four Half Crowns = Ten Bob Note. Two Ten Bob Notes = One Pound (or 240 pennies). One Pound and One Shilling = One Guinea.

The British resisted decimalized currency for a long time because they thought it was too complicated.

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Meanwhile, the hollow quarter is most commonly available as a US quarter. I had one once but never had any good use for it, it’s now in someone else’s coin collection.

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So it’s not aliens?

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