New Issue: Canada 150 coins now in circulation

With only one month to go before the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the Royal Canadian Mint is encouraging Canadians to look in their change for the recently issued and specially designed 2017-dated coins.

“Like the rest of Canada, the Mint is looking forward to July 1 to celebrate everything that makes our country great,” said Sandra Hanington, Mint president and CEO. “Over time, the Canada 150 circulation coins will become lasting keepsakes of this incredible year, so find them and hold on to them for future generations to enjoy.”

The 25-cent and $2 coins feature colour.


The coins, which were unveiled last November, were selected from thousands of designs that were submitted by Canadians who took part in a national contest. They include:

  • a 5-cent coin, Living Traditions, by Gerald Gloade, of Millbrook First Nation, N.S.;
  • a 10-cent coin, Wings of Peace, by Amy Choi, of Calgary, Alta.;
  • a 25-cent coin, Hope for a Green Future, by Joelle Wong, of Richmond Hill, Ont.;
  • a $1 coin, Connecting a Nation, by Wesley Klassen, of St. Catharines, Ont.; and
  • a $2 coin, Dance of the Spirits, by Timothy Hsia, of Richmond, B.C.

A limited number of the 25-cent and $2 coins feature colour. According to the Mint, the $2 coin is also the world’s first coloured bimetallic coin and the first circulation coin to feature glow-in-the-dark technology.

The Mint is inviting Canadians to share their finds online using the hashtag #HoldTheMoment.

The Mint has also launched an extensive collector coin program in celebration of Canada 150. For more information, visit

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