Earlier this year the US Defence Department issued a warning to its contractors to beware of coins that looked like they contained a wire.
However, Associated Press has discovered that the problem was caused by defence contractors who had never seen one of Canada's fairly unique but harmless poppy coins.
Paranoid US Army contractors travelling in Canada filed confidential espionage accounts about the coins calling them "anomalous" and "filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology. What had the contractors fooled was the fact that the silver 25-cent piece features the red image of a poppy, something that US coins do not have.
The alleged "nano-technology" was a conventional protective coating the Royal Canadian Mint applied to prevent the poppy's red colour from rubbing off.
The story of spy coins gained traction when the contractor's seemed to get paranoid about their mysterious appearance in coat pockets and in cars. One contractor insisted that someone had placed two of the coins in an outer coat pocket after the he had emptied the pocket hours earlier.
In the end the Defence Security Service admitted that it never examined the suspicious coins and failed to check its facts before issuing the spy warning. µ
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