Collector coins celebrate CN’s ‘fasticinating history of connecting Canadians’

The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled two special collector coins to celebrate CN’s significant contributions to building a stronger and more prosperous country over the last 100 years. In recognition of this milestone anniversary, the Mint joined CN employees at the Claude Mongeau National Training Centre in Winnipeg May 14 to release a vividly coloured coin with a face value of 25 cents, as well as an evocative gold coin with a $200 face value.

“CN has a fascinating history of connecting Canadians on many different levels,” said Marie Lemay, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “It is my hope that with these beautiful coins, Canadians will share the story of CN’s important role in developing Canada’s economy and sense of national identity.”

“CN would like to thank the Royal Canadian Mint for such an honour,” said JJ Ruest, president and Chief Executive Officer of CN. “As part of our 100 year anniversary festivities, we are proud to celebrate our rich history of connecting people, places and our economy, as these commemorative coins represent so well. We look forward to the next 100 years of nation building.”

The 25-cent coin was designed by Canadian artist Tony Bianco, whose father worked at the CN railyards in Toronto as a new immigrant to Canada. With a specimen finish and selective colour, the design features two locomotives that are the famed workhorses of CN’s vast rail network: a diesel-electric MLW M-420 built by Montreal Locomotive Works and the steam- powered Northern CN 6218 symbolizing the golden age of passenger rail travel. Limited to a mintage of 30,000, this nickel-plated steel coin retails for $29.95.

The Mint has also issued a half-ounce, 99.99 per cent  pure gold coin also designed by Bianco. Traditionally engraved against a mirror-like proof background, it features a trio of CN locomotives evoking the past and present: a Class U-4-a Confederation steam locomotive, a steam-powered U-1-f Class Bullet Nose Betty, and a modern six-axle ES44DC Evolution Series diesel locomotive. Limited to a mintage of 1,000, the coin retails for $1,199.95.

For more details on the coins, visit mint.ca.

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