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So to be creative in my posts I started following Days of the year. Today July 10th is “Teddy Bear Picnic Day” and “Don’t Step on a Bee Day”. I don’t know how they come up with them but thought it was cute. Now granted how does this remotely relate to coins? Well, that’s easy!
In 1902 Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the US, who was a well-known avid hunter, went on a hunting trip in Mississippi and shortly there after the beloved Teddy Bear was born. Did you know that that beloved toy the ‘Teddy Bear’ came about due to this hunting trips? Well, I’m not going to re-iterate the whole story when the ‘Theodore Roosevelt Association‘ already has a great post on this. You can read the whole story by clicking here.
I do love US coins but there’s something about those Canadian ones. Like American’s Canadians have their fondness for certain wildlife. It’s very clear that like China (who has gold and silver pandas) and Australia (who has gold and silver koalas), Canada also has long known love history of the polar bear being minted on their coins. Other countries such as Russia, Switzerland, United States and even ancient Rome minted coins with bears. Some are absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Some of the others from other countries are almost comic in appearance.
I only did a quick search but couldn’t find anything stating why the fascination for bears on coins. If you know please feel free to comment. As for me, my theory is it’s a powerful massive beast. I don’t know about you, but the thought of seeing a bear without that 2 inch safety glass is truly frightening. So I’m sure the bear represents strength, power and even possibly fear. Although I did come across this one explanation from Spirit Animals & Animal Totems.
In the kingdom of spirit animals, the bear is emblematic of grounding forces and strength. This animal has been worshiped throughout time as a powerful totem, inspiring those who need it the courage to stand up against adversity. As a spirit animal in touch with the earth and the cycles of nature, it is a powerful guide to support physical and emotional healing.
Now I find it funny that it being ‘Teddy Bear Picnic day’ one often thinks of the lovable stuffed bear named Winnie the Pooh. This lovable character loved nothing more in the world than Christopher Robin and Honey. So I find it Ironic that it is also ‘Don’t Step on a Bee Day’. I hate wasps, mud daubers, and especially yellow jackets but have an odd fondness for that fuzzy looking honey bee. So I was curious, I’d personally never heard of a coin with bees on them so I looked. Amazingly there are and have been for centuries!
Most of what I found were of ancient Greece & Rome. The Ephesians worshiped a bee Goddess and therefore minted the bee on their coins. The Etruscans brought this love of their bee into Italy, according to Bee Goddess of the Ephesians. So that probably explains the bee coins on Lira in the early 1900’s. As always Canada’s love for wildlife has also done an amazing job and put out a few coins with bees on them. Today’s society doesn’t have as much respect for this amazing buzzing bug but at one point in ancient history, honey was even a form of payment? (MSBA) Maine State Beekeepers Association listed many neat facts about bees. After having read all that I can see why the Greeks put them on their coins. I wonder why Malta and Norway put out some coins with bees on them?
Well, if you are into these 2 types of coins please comment below. Even if you’re not a coin collector but you have a fondness for bears or bees, I encourage you to share your thoughts. Make sure you not only like this post as well as a comment but share on your social media outlets as well!
More bear coins check out these links….
More bee coins check out these links….