You’ve heard of loonie? A toonie? What about a “Centenio?”
Well you will, if you live in Fort Frances, as that’s what the Chamber of Commerce has decided to call the special $3 coin that’s been issued for the town’s centennial.
The name, dreamed up by Trisha Mauro, a former Fort Frances resident now residing in Waterloo, ON, was picked by a panel of judges, who had some tough decisions to make, said Chamber co-ordinator Dawn Booth.
“We had a total of 234 entries,” she remarked. “So there was lots of very interesting names submitted.”
“Interesting” was the apt term, as entries varied from “Frannie,” “Troller,” and “The Fort” to “Tweenie,” “Frances,” “The Bassoonie,” and the “Threesome.”
The suggestions poured in over a period of merely two weeks, most by e-mail, some by fax and a few dropped off at the office. These came from not only Fort Frances and the surrounding Rainy River District, but the town’s “sister city” International Falls, MN, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and even Edmonton.
“It turned out to be a good little contest,” noted Booth.
While Mauro unfortunately doesn’t live here anymore to be congratulated in person, she’ll be sent a centennial gift set, which includes a silver-plated, gold-plated, and bi-metal $3 coin in a decorative case, complete with a picture of Fort Frances back in 1903 as well as an up-to-date one.
“When we looked at the list of names, we didn’t want to consider where the person who submitted it was from,” mentioned Booth.
The $3 coin, which has been in circulation here for more than six months, was introduced to commemorate Fort Frances’ centennial year in 2003. It will be in circulation until this December.
It is available for purchase individually or in rolls of 25, or gift sets.
Both rolls and the gift sets are available at the CIBC, Royal Bank, Northern Lights Credit Union, and the Chamber office.
In related news, in an effort to further promote circulation of the $3 coin, the Chamber is holding monthly draws for businesses that have purchased at least one roll of the currency.
Any business that has purchased coins can fax or e-mail Booth stating they have done so, and be entered into a monthly draw for one dozen doughnuts and four large coffees from Robin’s Donuts.
One business will be drawn from all eligible entries each month, with the odds of winning dependent on the number of eligible entries.
Businesses must notify the Chamber each time they purchase a roll of $3 coins in order to be eligible. One roll equals one entry.
At the end of the year-long promotion, all entries will go into a draw to receive a free Chamber membership for 2004.