Pride of two nations? Pro-republican activists disagree

We received the following letter to the editor from Republic Now, a national organization whose stated mission is ‘to advocate for the replacement of the non-resident, British monarch as Canada’s Head of State with a democratically-selected, resident, Canadian.’

Editor,

In a first-ever collaboration, the Royal Canadian Mint and U.S. Mint have issued a two-coin set “to celebrate the two countries’ independent spirit,” says the Ottawa mint.

Independent? The Canadian coin pictures a British queen on its front, hardly a symbol of independence, and in stark contrast to the U.S. coin, which features Liberty, an allegorical figure enveloped in a flag.

This issue, the U.S. Mint says, is the “Pride of Two Nations.”

Maybe one, we say.

The Ottawa mint issues dozens of coins every year – each one a fresh opportunity to feature a Canadian symbol or person on the front – yet it has never done so in its 111-year history.

It’s time. If you’re fed up, send a message to Finance Minister Bill Morneau at bill.morneau@canada.ca or Mint media relations manager Alex Reeves at reeves@mint.ca.

To send a letter to the editor of CCN, click here.

Leave a Reply

Keep up to date with the numismatic community

Sign up to receive our newsletter.

Canadian Coin News

Canada

Canadian Coin News is Canada's premier source of information about coins, notes and medals.

Although we cover the entire world of numismatics, the majority of our readers are Canadian, and we concentrate on the unique circumstances surrounding collecting in our native land.

Send Us Your Event

Running an event? Send it to us and we will display it on Canadian Coin News!

Submit Event →

Subscribe To 26 Issues For Just $54.60/year

Subscribe today to receive Canada's premier coin publication. Canadian Coin News is available in both paper and digital forms.

Subscribe Now

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.