Commemorative circulation coins coming soon

The federal government has authorized three new commemorative circulation coins slated for release later in 2022.

Announced in a July 6 article in the Canada Gazette, the official newspaper of the Canadian government, the issues include two $1 coins honouring inventor Alexander Graham Bell and jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.

Meanwhile, a $2 commemorative circulation coin will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, an eight-game competition between the national hockey teams of Canada and the former Soviet Union. Each issue will include coloured and uncoloured versions, both sharing the same design.

The $1 coin honouring Bell and his 175th birth anniversary will depict the Scottish-born inventor alongside two of his inventions, the “HD-4” hydrofoil and the “Silver Dart” aircraft – both developed in Canada – plus his signature. Bell has also graced several collector issues this year to mark his birth anniversary.

The $1 Peterson coin will show the Grammy Award-winning musician playing the piano below musical notes and chord symbols from his civil rights anthem Hymn to Freedom, which the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame called one of his “most relevant and timeless pieces.”

The $2 Summit Series coin will show two members of Team Canada skating with the stylized maple leaf from the team’s 1972 jersey in the background. The outer ring will also feature the jersey numbers of the team’s 37 players plus the initials of its two coaches, Harry Sinden and John Ferguson.

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