Why Is the Moose on the Canadian Quarter?

The animal that has been depicted on Canadian quarters for over 75 years is a caribou, not a moose. The large ungulates were found in almost every Canadian province and territory according to The Canadian Encyclopedia, making them an easily recognizable national symbol when the quarter was redesigned in 1937.

Misidentification of the antlered caribou design as a moose is common among Canadians, says Postmedia News correspondent Randy Boswell. The caribou has been replaced only briefly during its history on the quarter's reverse to commemorate special events. A true moose was finally depicted on a 1-ounce silver bullion coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2012.