It has 11 sides, it’s gold in color, renowned as a good luck charm throughout Canada, oh… and it’s also celebrating a milestone birthday!
Canada’s iconic “Loonie” one-dollar coin turned 25 on the 30th June. It was in 1987 when Canadians said goodbye to their one-dollar banknotes and welcomed the new coin in their pockets and purses. The coin was instantly dubbed the “Loonie” due to the single loon – a large aquatic bird resembling a duck or small goose which was depicted on the coin’s reverse side. The nickname caught on and Canadians have been using it ever since. When it was first introduced, the one-dollar coin represented the most significant change to Canada’s coinage system in over 50 years and has evolved into a true Canadian symbol.
To celebrate this milestone birthday, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced a $1 fine silver coin. This double-dated coin features a new loon design by Ontario artist Robert Ralph Carmichael, who designed the original Loonie. Centered around the number “25”, the reverse design includes two Common Loons swimming majestically past one another, in either direction – as if admiring the coin’s eventful journey over the past 25 years, while the other looks to the future and the many events & anniversaries to come. The obverse depicts the Queen as designed by Susanna Blunt and in use on all Canadian circulation coinage since 2003.
Limited to a mintage of only 15,000 worldwide, the coin also features a unique glass bead finish as its background. The coin is struck in pure .999 silver and to proof quality with a weight of 7.89 grams and a diameter of 26.5 mm. The coin will be ready for dispatch from the 16th July.
For more information on this and other coins celebrating the iconic Loon dollar – as well as other collector coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.ca/store/mint/learn/25th-anniversary-of-the-loonie-7000002