First case of piercings on currency?

Canada, like many countries, is constantly releasing new variations on its coins (maybe because it feels guilty for getting rid of the penny). One of the recent ones is a quarter depicting Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, a hero of the War of 1812 who allied with the British, successfully helping defend Canada against American invasion (successful for Canada, but not for Tecumseh, who died in battle). Caitlin got one of these coins at the grocery store today and showed it to me, and the first thing I noticed was that Tecumseh is wearing a big septum ring (as well as earrings) in his portrait, which I think is the first case of a non-ear piercing appearing on a Canadian coin (and probably the United States as well). Sorry it’s sort of a weird photo — this is the best I could do with my phone.


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