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The Big Nickel

An Ontario landmark–a huge coin–draws crowds of tourists

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A 9-meter (30-foot) replica of a Canadian nickel is located at the grounds of the Dynamic Earth Science Museum in Sudbury, Ontario. The twelve-sided Big Nickel is placed on a hill near the intersection of Municipal Road 55 and Big Nickel Drive.

The Big Nickel was created in 1964 by a former Sudbury firefighter and entrepreneur Ted Szilva and sculptor Bruno Cavallo and was dedicated to the nickel miners of Sudbury. The huge coin is one of the most photographed local landmarks and is an exact replica of the currency. The coin is fixed on a base that allows visitors to walk under and around it. However, the access to the base is not available when snow covers the ground. Thus, the Dynamic Earth Science Museum regular season is from the first Saturday in March through to the last Sunday in September.

In 2009, the Big Nickel celebrated its 45th anniversary with a big gathering of coin collecting enthusiasts.

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