COVID-19 medal designer drew inspiration from pandemic

Tony Wait, 57, of Edmonton, Alta., is the designer of CCN’s 2020-dated COVID-19 medal.

An avid collector for more than half a century, Edmonton’s Tony Wait saw CCN’s COVID-19 medal design contest as an opportunity to share his life interests and experiences with the world. Wait, 57, was one of six contestants in the recent contest that drew a dozen designs from collectors across the country. His winning design – one of four he submitted for the competition – depicts an older face-masked father placing a mask on his daughter. The words “STRONG,” “SAFE,” “UNITED” and “CANADA” surround the design, with each word separated by a maple leaf. The 2020 year-date also appears above “CANADA” at the bottom of the medal. “I know how important this subject is – not just for Canada, but the entire world – and as a proud born-and-raised Edmontonian, I realize Canada is a world leader in health care, so this particular subject was near and dear to my heart,” said Wait, who’s a member of several Edmonton-based clubs, including the Edmonton Numismatic Society. Continue reading →

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