Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the declaration of World War II, the Royal Canadian Mint has released into circulation the 2014 $2 Wait For Me, Daddy coin. It is also selling a 5-coin pack of them for $10.
On coin reverses is a design inspired by an iconic photograph of a tender moment in Canada during the Second World War. Snapped by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, B.C. on Oct. 1, 1940, the "Wait For Me, Daddy" photo shows the British Columbia Regiment marching down the street with a young boy breaking away from his mother’s grasp to reach out to his marching father. The father is seen turning, smiling and reaching for his son one last time before leaving for war. Added coin inscriptions read: REMEMBER, 2014 and SOUVENIR.
"This new circulation coin furthers our proud tradition of remembering the many sacrifices of Canadians at times of war," said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
Obverses feature Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II within an inner golden ring surrounded by inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, DG REGINA, CANADA and 2 DOLLARS.
Coins are composed of an outer ring of three-ply nickel finish plated steel and have an inner core of three-ply brass finish plated aluminum bronze. Each has a weight of 6.92 grams, a diameter of 28 mm and an interrupted serrated edge.
Limited to a mintage of five million coins, Canadians can start looking for 2014 $2 Wait For Me, Daddy circulation coins in their change, find them at the Mint’s Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver boutiques, or get limited quantities in a 5-coin pack through www.mint.ca/waitformedaddy.
Online orders are limited to 3 per customer and available for sale in Canada only. The coins are tax fee and ship lettermail free.