On today’s date in 1964 – after nearly three months of debate – the House of Commons appointed a 15-member committee to study and recommend a new Canadian flag design.
Earlier this year, to mark the flag’s 50th anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a series of commemorative and circulating coins, the most recent of which is a 25-cent piece designed by Bonnie Ross. The reverse of this 25-cent circulation coin features an illustration of Canada’s national flag surrounded by 50 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.
Out of a total of mintage of 12.5 million coins, 6.25 million were coloured and an equal number were non-coloured. They began circulating nationally as of June 9.
Following the Great Canadian Flag Debate of 1963 and ’64, a design by prominent Canadian George Staney was chosen as the new flag of Canada after a 163-78 in the House of Commons.
On Jan. 28, 1965, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the new flag. It was inaugurated on Feb. 15 of the same year at an official ceremony held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.