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Loonie is the unofficial but commonly-used name for Canada's gold-coloured one-dollar coin. It bears an image of a common loon, Canada's national bird, on the reverse. This image replaced the planned image of a voyageur which was lost in transit to the Royal Canadian Mint at Winnipeg.

The coin was introduced during the 1980s, but was unpopular until the government withdrew the one-dollar bill from circulation. Both occurred when Brian Mulroney (which rhymes with "loonie") was Prime Minister; hence the coin was in its early years sometimes called "Mulroney's loonie," but tis term has largely died out.

By extension, the loonie (huard in French) is a slang term for the Canadian dollar.

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  • Royal Canadian Mint (http://www.mint.ca/en/collectors_corner/circulation/index.htm?cookie%5Ftest=1)

Loonie (short for lunatic) is an inclusive term used by residents of the lunar colony in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.

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