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# Loonies, Toonies, and Nickels: The Fun Canadian Coin Song

Join our character Gerry in his hometown by the sea as he investigates the values of and the counting of Canadian coins. Gerry does his research by buying ice cream and pickles.

Get ready to giggle and jingle with 'The Coin Song of Canada,' where Canadian coins come to life in a quirky musical journey! From loonies and toonies to nickels and dimes, to the long-gone penny, this song’s witty riddles and catchy beats make learning about Canadian currency an absolute hoot. Perfect for anyone who's ever wondered if a beaver on a nickel could help you pay for a dill pickle!

Chorus:
One nickel is worth five cents;
a dime in cents is worth ten.
One quarter’s worth twenty-five cents;
a half dollar’s worth two of them.

A one dollar coin’s one hundred cents, and it’s called a loonie.
A two dollar coin’s two hundred cents, and it’s called a toonie.
And there’s a final one cent coin, but it’s less and less seen,
‘cause they stopped making the penny back in twenty-thirteen!

Verse 1:
I bought one delicious dill pickle
for 3 five cent coins and 2 ten cent coins with this riddle.
To find out how much I spent,
I added them up cent by cent.

3 five cent coins make 15;
2 ten cent coins make 20.
I added 15 and 20 side by side.
“In cents, I have 35!” I replied.

And that’s the story of how I solved the riddle – and paid 35 cents for the pickle!

Verse 2:
I bought an ice cream at the ice cream parlor
for 2 quarters, a half dollar coin, and a dollar.
To find out how much I spent,
I added them up cent by cent.

to the fifty cent coin and got 100 cents.
And there was then just one step left.

I added the dollar coin and paid 200 cents for the ice cream.
I ate so much that my shirt popped at the seam!!

Bridge:
On one side of every coin is Queen Elizabeth II,
and on the other side of the coins are these images I’ll now present.
On the nickel is a beaver. On the dime is The Bluenose.
The quarter has the Caribou - Canada’s got lots of those!
The half dollar’s got the Canadian Coat of Arms on there.
The loonie has the common loon, and the toonie has a polar bear.
On the penny is a maple leaf, but they’re no longer made,