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Mint Circulates Special Canada 150 Coins

Mint Circulates Special Canada 150 Coins

Canada 150 Coins
A series of commemorative Canada 150 coins are now in circulation. (ROYAL CANADIAN MINT)

Your pocket change is looking a bit more colourful these days as the Royal Canadian Mint marks Canada’s 150th birthday with a series of special commemorative coins.

The 2017-dated coins are now in circulation nationwide and were designed by Canadians, as chosen through a national contest.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

A Penny for Your Thoughts

By Roger Currie

PennyDoes anyone out there miss the dear old one cent coin? It’s been almost three years since we stopped using them in Canada. Is it time to think about scrapping the 5-cent piece, the nickel? The folks at the Royal Canadian Mint have done some studies on the subject, but they’re not prepared to say much about them.

Back in the 1950s, a nickel would buy a few cavities at the candy counter, and if you got in trouble somewhere it paid for a phone call home.

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Mint Issues Coin to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Battle of Hong Kong

Mint Issues Coin to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Battle of Hong Kong

Battle of Hong Kong Coin
2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin — Second World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Hong Kong (ROYAL CANADIAN MINT)

WINNIPEG — A special edition silver coin is marking the 75th anniversary of the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada who fought to defend Hong Kong from enemy invasion in December 1941.

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the 99.99% pure silver Battle of Hong Kong coin on Thursday at the Manitoba legislature.

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Mint Unveils ‘Star Trek’ Collector Coins

Mint Unveils ‘Star Trek’ Collector Coins

Captain Kirk Silver Coin
A $10 silver coin featuring Star Trek’s Captain Kirk (ROYAL CANADIAN MINT)

A new set of coins depicting the legendary Star Trek franchise has been launched by the Royal Canadian Mint.

The coins celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek: The Original Series.”

A $10 coloured silver coin picturing the commander of U.S.S. Enterprise, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, was unveiled by William Shatner, the Canadian-born actor who made this character a household name, and Mint president and CEO Sandra Hanington at an event hosted by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on Thursday.

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Mint Honours Women’s Right to Vote in New $1 Coin

Mint Honours Women’s Right to Vote in New $1 Coin

Women's Right to Vote CoinA new one-dollar circulation coin is marking the 100th anniversary of a women’s right to vote.

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the coin at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg on Tuesday, with a similar ceremony in Ottawa including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“It is especially fitting that this coin was produced in Winnipeg, in the province where women first won the right to vote in 1916,” said Sandra Hanington, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Canadian artist Laura McGaw designed the coin, which features a 1916-era depiction of woman and child, with the woman casting a ballot as the child looks on.

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Mint Marks the 20th Birthday of Canada’s ‘Toonie’

Mint Marks the 20th Birthday of Canada’s ‘Toonie’

Toonie
(Two-dollar coin image via Shutterstock)

The two-dollar coin, or Toonie as it’s more affectionately known, turned the big 2-0 on Friday.

The coin replaced the $2 banknote on February 19, 1996 and nearly 883 million Toonies, featuring nine different reverse (or tails) designs, have entered circulation since then.

“Over the last 20 years, our two-dollar circulation coin has efficiently served Canadian commerce and given the Mint many opportunities to celebrate Canada through special commemorative designs,” said Sandra Hanington, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “It is now time for us to shine a spotlight on the Toonie by wishing it a happy 20th birthday.”

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Mint Taps Canadians to Design Coins for 150th Birthday

Mint Taps Canadians to Design Coins for 150th Birthday

Mint CoinCanadians are being asked for input on proposed coin designs to mark the Royal Canadian Mint’s 150th anniversary.

In 2017, the Mint will circulate 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar coins with winning designs from coast-to-coast.

Canadian residents are being asked what Canada means to them by entering coin designs in the following theme categories until April 30, 2015:

  • Our Wonders (Canada’s beauty, from nature to monuments)
  • Our Character (Values or principles which define Canadian identity)
  • Our Achievements (Discoveries, exploration or victories)
  • Our Passions (From culture to sports, to pastimes)
  • Canada’s future (this category is reserved for Canadians 12-years of age and under for the 25-cent coin)

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Famous 1940s War Photo Commemorated with Coin, Stamp

Wait For Me Daddy
(CLAUDE P. DETTLOFF PHOTO)

The Royal Canadian Mint is launching new $2 circulation coins featuring the famous “Wait for Me Daddy” photograph.

Made notable in 1940, the photo symbolizes the experience of Canadians during the Second World War.

The photograph by Claude P. Dettloff was shot October 1, 1940 of the British Columbia Regiment marching down Eighth Street at the Columbia Avenue intersection in New Westminster.

The coins are being launched ahead of Remembrance Day nationwide. Winnipeg coin collectors can exchange their currency today and Saturday at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutique at 520 Lagimodiere Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Mint Reveals Coin to Commemorate RWB’s 75th Anniversary

RWB Coin
(ROYAL CANADIAN MINT / HANDOUT)
RWB Coin
(ROYAL CANADIAN MINT / HANDOUT)

The 75th anniversary of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is being marked with a commemorative silver coin.

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the coin on Wednesday as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited the RWB as part a four-day Canadian tour with Prince Charles.

“As the Royal Winnipeg Ballet celebrates 75 years of bringing joy to audiences and dance enthusiasts alike, we continue to spark excitement and artistic innovation as one of the world’s premiere dance companies,” said André Lewis, artistic director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “This beautifully crafted coin by the Mint adds to an exciting year of performances and celebrations befitting Canada’s oldest ballet company.”

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Jones Curling Team Honoured by Katz, Mint

Jones Curling Team Honoured by Katz, Mint

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen hold up their Outstanding Achievement Award medallions and Olympic gold medals at City Hall on Thursday, March 13, 2014. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones at City Hall on Thursday afternoon. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

The Jennifer Jones curling rink was honoured at City Hall on Thursday by Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and the Royal Canadian Mint.

Jones and her team from the St. Vital Curling Club won gold at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics after going undefeated.

Katz presented Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen with Outstanding Achievement Award medallions.

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