In June 1987, Canadians from coast to coast to coast welcomed Canada’s new 11-sided $1 coin in their pockets and change purses.
The coin also found its way into our hearts, and was soon dubbed the “loonie” after the solitary loon that graces its reverse side. The introduction of the coin was the most significant change in Canada’s currency system in almost 50 years. To celebrate the loonie’s birthday, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced a special two-coin numismatic set.
“It’s very fitting that during Canada 150, we are also celebrating one of the country’s most recognizable symbols,” said Sandra Hanington, Mint president and CEO. “In addition to depicting several special designs over the past thirty years, the Loonie is also known around the world as an innovative trailblazer for its composition and cutting-edge security features.”
SILVER TWO-COIN LOONIE SET
This set features a 99.99 per cent pure silver edition of the now-classic loonie design that graces the reverse of Canada’s $1 circulation coin as designed by Robert Ralph Carmichael.
Next to it, the second piece re-creates the coin’s intended $1 design of the “Voyageur” as designed by Emanuel Hahn. This coin first appeared on the 1935 silver dollar.
Both Proof silver coins have a weight of 7.89 grams and a 26.5-mm diameter. The set has a limited mintage of 10,000.
For more details, visit mint.ca.