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Holy Cannoli! The Big Nickel turns 55 today!

Have the 'cents' to help us celebrate one of Sudbury's most iconic landmarks

Today Science North celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Big Nickel, a shining example of Sudbury's rich mining history and one of Canada's most iconic landmarks. 

After spending so many years underneath the glow of our Big Nickel, it's easy to forget how this 13,000 kg structure found it's home on the hills of Dynamic Earth, but Ted Szilva's monumental creation is not to be overlooked. 

Since being proposed as a way to mark Canada's 100th birthday back in 1963, the Big Nickel has been a leader in Northern Ontario tourism, helping inject tourism dollars into the local economy and global awareness for Sudbury's industry potential. 

The 1951 Canadian nickel replica is about 64,607,747 times the size of a real Canadian nickel at a height of nine meters, and is comprised of 94 per cent steel, 3.5 per cent copper and only two per cent nickel. 

To help the community celebrate, Science North has put together a small video commemorating the Big Nickel's 55th anniversary, which can be found below. 

And if you're worried about copyright infringement for singing the song, don't — Warner Music settled the copyright claim back in 2009