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NOTE: Coin images are for Educational purposes only and may be larger than the actual coins

Canada's National Flag

More Circulation Coins

A bust of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the face-side of all Canadian coins.


Queen Elizabeth II

Parks Canada Centennial circulation Coin Program

On October 6, 2011 the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled five new commemorative circulation coins which immortalize Canadians' pride in their legendary natural heritage and capture their trademark passion for the great outdoors. The circulation coins include: the 2011 Parks Canada Centennial one-dollar circulation coin; the 2011 Boreal Forest two-dollar circulation coin; and three new 25-cent circulation coins (also 3 released with a coloured accent) featuring the Orca, Peregrine Falcon and Wood Bison.

Release Dates are:
Parks Canada Centennial $1 circulation coin (aka the Loonie) — Release Date: October 7, 2011
Boreal Forest two-dollar circulation coin (aka the Toonie) - Release Date: November 1, 2011
The 25-cent circulation coins (aka Quarters) — feature these themes and release dates:
o Wood Bison — Release Date: Mid-February, 2012
o Orca — Release Date: Mid-March, 2012
o Peregrine Falcon – Release Date: Mid-April, 2012

Parks Canada Centennial
$1 Loonie

Parks Canada Centennial
$2 Toonie

Parks Canada Centennial
25c Quarters

New $1 and $2 (Loonie and Toonie) Coins

On April 10, 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new generation of one-dollar and two-dollar circulation coins. By combining several leading-edge security features along with its patented Multi-Ply Plated Steel technology, the Mint is producing more resistant, long-lasting coins as well as increased cost-efficiencies for the Government of Canada.

The New $1 Coin

Instead of traditional alloys, Canada's new one-dollar circulation coins are manufactured using the same Multi-Ply Plated Steel technology found in our current 25-cent, 10-cent, 5-cent and 1-cent circulation coins. This patented process covers a steel core with alternating layers of metals such as copper, nickel and brass. The resulting coins are more economical to produce, durable and secure.

While the new one-dollar circulation coin maintains the traditional "Loon" design, there is one visible change:
* A single laser mark of a maple leaf positioned within a circle on the coin's reverse (above the Loon design). This laser mark is produced during the striking of the coins using a contrasting pattern micro-engraved on the coin die itself.

The New $2 Coin

Like the new one-dollar circulation coins, Canada's new two-dollar circulation coins are manufactured using the Mint's Multi-Ply Plated Steel technology.

While the new two-dollar coin maintains the traditional "Polar Bear" design, there are three visible changes:
* The addition of two laser marks of maple leaves, each within a circle, at the bottom of the coin's reverse (on the side with the Polar Bear design).
* A virtual image of two maple leaves will appear at the top of the coin – a different image is produced as the coin is turned from side to side. The virtual image is produced by engraving different patterns on each side of two-sided grooves on the face of the coin.
* Edge-lettering of the words "CANADA" and "2 DOLLARS" are engraved along the coin's outer edge.

New $1 and $2 coins

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2012 Lucky Loonie

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued its latest commemorative circulation coin, the 2012 Lucky Loonie. The coin was unveiled Thursday July 19th at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. It will serve as a good luck charm for Canadian athletes competing in London at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Olympics 2012 Lucky Loonie

2012 Grey Cup Championship

A new one-dollar coin commemorating the 100th Grey Cup Championship Game, Canada's single biggest annual sporting event, was issued in August 2012 by the Royal Canadian Mint. This new circulation coin immortalizes an important milestone in celebrating the 100th Grey Cup Game by Canadian football enthusiasts.

100th Grey Cup Game

Bicentennial of the War of 1812

The War of 1812 marks an important part of Canadian history in the country's evolution from colony to sovereign nation.
This war between Britain and the United States was a fundamental turning point in Canada’s history, a struggle from which some of Canada’s earliest unifying moments emerged. These stories - including that of the Leda-class frigate, HMS Shannon - have become important chapters in the narrative of Canada.
The $2 circulation coin has an image of the British frigate HMS Shannon - to signify the historic capture of the American USS Chesapeake off the coast of Boston in 1813 by HMS Shannon. The defeated warship and her crew were escorted to Halifax, Nova Scotia where the sailors were imprisoned. The damaged ship was repaired and taken into service by the Royal Navy and was later re-named and re-commissioned into the British Navy.
The Royal Canadian Mint released the HMS Shannon $2 coin on June 18, 2012 to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Four twenty-five cent coins were issued in the War of 1812 circulating coin series, commemorating 200 years since the U.S. declared war on Great Britain.

These releases honour four individuals for their roles in the war. They include:
* General Sir Isaac Brock (released October 2012) - see below
* Chief Tecumseh (released November 2012) - see below
* Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel de Salaberry (released March 2013) - see below
* Nurse Laura Secord (released June 2013) - see below

War of 1812 - HMS Shannon

General Sir Isaac Brock

General Sir Isaac Brock
(non-coloured version)

Chief Tecumseh

Chief Tecumseh
(non-coloured version)

Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel de Salaberry
(non-coloured and coloured version)

Nurse Laura Secord
(coloured and non-coloured version)

Canadian Arctic Expedition and Life in the North

100th Anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition: Released November 22, 2013
This coin was designed by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross and draws on photography from the Canadian Arctic Expedition. The coin depicts a group of three men aboard a dogsled, the waiting dog team before them listening for the command to move on across the Arctic tundra. The skyline and horizon in the background are filled with a stylized image of a compass.

Life in the North: Released November 22, 2013
Designed by renowned Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak, this coin includes a beautifully detailed design that combines animal and human imagery. A traditional whaling boat and three kayaks wrap around the image along the rim to depict a traditional bowhead whale hunt. Two beluga whales swim alongside a bowhead whale. The bowhead is adorned with several elements drawn from the Inuit culture. To honour the Tuniit people who first crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia, Dorset ivory masks adorn the bowhead’s lower jaw and its back. A Thule ivory comb lies across the top of the whale’s head, representing the Inuit expansion across Canada. The pattern on the whale’s side mimics the walls of an igloo, while the amauti design that graces the whale’s tale symbolizes the clothing worn by Inuit women.

Arctic Expedition and Life in the North

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