Royal Canadian Mint Clarifies Toonie Coin Designs


Ottawa, OntarioIn response to recent Toronto-area media reports and inquiries by the public and local businesses, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued the following statement:

Since 1996, Canadian [toonie] two-dollar circulation coins have been produced with two different images of the Queen:

  • a smaller crowned portrait (from 1996 to 2002)
  • and a larger uncrowned portrait introduced in 2003 to update the image of Her Majesty on all Canadian coinage.

This last effigy has appeared on all Canadian circulation coins (one-cent, five-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, 50-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar denominations) produced since June 2003.

All circulation coins bearing these effigies are genuine and are to be accepted as legal tender in Canada.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins.

An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale.

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