New toonie to honour Macdonald’s 200th birthday

The Royal Canadian Mint is expected to release a new Toonie in 2015 to honour the 200th birthday of Canada’s Father of Confederation — Sir John A. Macdonald.

According to a CBC report, the government of Canada recently approved a $2 coin featuring Sir John A. Macdonald’s portrait “against a map of Canada in the background” and a banner bearing his name.

The coin’s outer ring is to include four images of a maple leaf — two at the top and two at the bottom — with the years 1815 and 2015 inscribed.

There’s little information available in the notice says the CBC, and a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mint declined to provide details before the coin is unveiled early in the new year.

The CBC report indicates that the artist’s initials, GG, are to be imprinted on the Macdonald coin. That could indicate the portrait of Macdonald is to be done by Glen Green, a Vancouver artist who designed five of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic quarters, including the hockey and curling quarters.

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