On today’s date in 1987, Frobisher Bay was officially renamed Iqaluit, reverting to its original Inuktitut name meaning “the place of many fish.”
The decision followed a poll of the community as well as an official decision of the executive council of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint featured 16th-century English explorer Martin Frobisher—the namesake of Frobisher Bay—on a $20 Proof silver coin. Designed by Laurie McGraw, the coin has a weight of 27.78 grams, a diameter of 40 mm and a mintage of 15,000 pieces.
The coin was issued to mark the 125th anniversary of the first International Polar Year – the first of several multinational expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic – and prominently feature Frobisher, who made the first to attempt to discover the Northwest Passage aboard the Gabriel in 1576.
A ship appears alongside a 16th-century compass and an Inuit paddling a traditional kayak.