The 150th anniversary of Canada will be celebrated by new money designs
The anniversary Canada 150 series of circulating coins are to be launched in spring of 2017, which is the jubilee year for the North American country. New series of metal legal tender is intended to mark the date and make it even more special for Canadians. There are five distinct patriotic designs made for the Anniversary series, each for one denomination of currently circulating Canadian coins. The subjects of the jubilee designs are national features chosen by Canadians during the vote.
Besides, any citizen of the country could offer his own design for the upcoming celebration series and create a bit of history. The nationwide contest proclaimed by the Royal Canadian Mint started in March of 2015 when folks were invited to create the image for coins’ reverses and later vote for the best of them. The finalists for each category were chosen by the Mint and competent Canadians and then the winners were determined by brief national vote which took place last autumn. The winners of the contest were unveiled by the Mint officials recently along with the new coins’ designs made by them.
The piece of the highest face value is 2-dollar bimetallic coin which shows the Northern Lights, a beautiful gift of nature Canadians are blessed with. The author of the piece’s tails image Timothy Hsia has won the competition of “Our Wonders” theme with his artwork, so his artwork would appear on the worthiest Canadian metal money. The next winning design is for loonie and it reveals the theme of “Our Achievements”. Yellow 1-dollar jubilee coin bears the Wesley Klassen’s design composed of different industrial features which made Canada a prosperous state. There are different engines, buildings and bridges on the image, all are connected with railway transport common and important for the country.
The next largest coin of Canada 150 series is 25-cent piece. It has got the indigenous-inspirited design describing the subject of Canada’s Future. The image of the reverse shows the country’s wild nature species, such as beaver, turtle and flying bird depicted next to human’s palms, which means the future of unique Canadian wildlife to be in the hands of its people. The author of the design is Joelle Wong. Amy Choi had won the contest celebrating the theme of Canadian character; her artwork would be struck on the 10-cent coins. The image is a conventionalized combination of recognizable Canadian national emblem, a maple leaf, and a dove which is the international symbol of peace.
The smallest Canadian coin of 5 cents in denomination is a result of designer Gerald Gloade’s work on theme “Our Passions” theme. His artwork depicts beaver decorated with patterns traditional for the first nations of Canada. All the pieces of the Anniversary Canada 150 coin series bear the mark of their design’s authors on the reverse sides next to the relief images. As it is stated by the Mint officials, more than a million of Canadians voted in each denomination of the jubilee series.