The Royal Canadian Mint have announced the issue of a new 25 cent coin for both circulation as well as specially packaged numismatic products which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the country’s distinctive flag.
The Maple leaf flanked by red supports on either side has graced this North American nation since it was introduced in 1965. The Maple Leaf replaced an older Ensign design flag consisting of the British Union Jack placed in the upper left corner together with the Canadian Crest on a red field which was adopted upon confederation of the provinces of British North America & Quebec in 1867 and in use since the introduction of the new design. Since then, the iconic symbol of Canada which is recognized world-wide and has become a great source of pride to many Canadians, at home & abroad as well as earning the distinction as the only national flag to depict a maple leaf as the primary motif.
Designed by Nova Scotian artist Bonnie Ross, the reverse of this new 25-cent circulation coin features an illustration of Canada’s national flag surrounded by fifty children, each of whom represent one of the flag’s 50 years, as well as Canada’s future. The words “50 YEARS/ANS” also appear at the bottom center of the design. The obverse includes the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Susanna Blunt and used on all circulation and many commemorative coins since 2003.
|25 Cents||Nickel-plated steel||4.4 grams||23.8 mm.||BU & color||6.25 million|
|25 Cents||Nickel-plated steel||4.4 grams||23.8 mm.||BU||6.25 million|
Out of a total of mintage of 12.5 million coins, 6.25 million will be colored, and an equal number will be non-colored. They will begin circulating nationally as of June 9, 2015. Canadians can start looking for this coin in their change, attend coin exchanges at special events in select locations across Canada and at the Mint’s Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver boutiques, or obtain limited quantities through an online coin exchange at www.mint.ca/flag
The offer of ten pre-packaged coins, 5 color and 5 non-color is limited to collectors in Canada only and is available for their face value. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.ca/store/coins/coin-prod2400420 Information offered in English & French, international orders – where applicable are dispatched.