Mint Invites Canadians to Design Coins for 2017

by Mike Unser on March 12, 2015 · 3 comments

Canadian residents received a surprising invitation this week. The Royal Canadian Mint asked them to consider a unique role in celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary by designing the nation’s five circulation coins.

Canadian Design Contest for 2017 Circulation Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint’s ‘My Canada, My Inspiration’ contest solicits designs for five coins to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

Canada turns 150 in 2017 and the Mint will strike new designs on the 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar coins to commemorate the sesquicentennial.

"As a curator of our nation’s history, culture and values, the Mint is in a unique position to offer Canadians a rare, once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the face of our circulation coinage as a lasting tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation," said Sandra L. Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Expecting thousands of design submissions, the Royal Canadian Mint created its "’My Canada, My Inspiration" contest to provide information, rules and a venue for selecting winners. The Mint wants a unique design for the reverse or tails side of each coin. As part of the contest, Canadians are encouraged to symbolize what Canada means to them by entering designs in the following theme categories:

  • 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.

There is a submission deadline of April 30, 2015. After, the Royal Canadian Mint and a "panel of notable Canadians" will decide the finalists in each themed category. Public voting will select the winning designs during the month of September 2015. An official unveiling of the winners is set to happen by mid-2017.

"Not only is this your chance to create your own piece of history, but you could also win a trip to its unveiling in 2017 and $2,000 in cash," promotes the Royal Canadian Mint.

To enter a coin design and to get full contest rules and regulations, visit www.mint.ca/store/coin-design-contest/.

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Corey Caponero March 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

We will be remembering two events in 2017 one will be the 150th birthday of Canada, the second event will be when we became one as a country the Battle of Vimy Ridge April 9 1917, 100 years. A lot of families had someone who went over and some never came back. Our great grandfather Pvt Herbert Cooper Nevard lost his leg at Vimy Ridge and a large part of himself. My mom has his picture (in uniform before he lost his leg) in her living room. When he returned he named a daughter after the battle, my great Aunt Vimy. The story goes that my great grandmother (Elizabeth) wait for his return so that he could name his new young daughter. My Aunt Vimy(and her two sisters) always creeped out when they saw me as I had his eyes. He was in the 50th Battalion and we are very proud of our great grandfathers story. If you want to see the picture you’d have to talk to my mom & youngest sister.

PATRICK O'BRIEN March 15, 2015 at 4:53 am

Why not issue toonies for each province and territory and a collector set containing one of each in mint condition; this would cover all of CANADA.

Zach April 8, 2015 at 12:28 am

Well they kind of have to keep a loon on the loony

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