ICanadians handle coins less often than they once did, thanks to the convenience of debit cards. But you’ll likely want to own some of the special coins that will soon be minted in honour of Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary in 2017.
A few Yorkton-Melville constituents may even wish to propose a design for one or more of these coins. As the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins, the Royal Canadian Mint is inviting Canadians to design Canada’s 150th anniversary coins. The 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar coins will circulate in 2017.
The contest provides the opportunity for Canadians to show their justifiable pride in our country. It will also demonstrate the kind of unique Canadian creativity shown by Yorkton-Melville constituent, Rita Swanson, in 1992. The artist from Churchbridge proposed a one-dollar coin design for the Mint’s similar contest in honour of Canada's 125th birthday. Her design won. Today, a six-foot bronze-cast monument of the coin stands just outside the Town of Churchbridge.
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