Canadian 2022 $2 Circulation Coin Features Black Outer Ring


As 2022 draws to a close, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a $2 circulation coin featuring a black outer ring to honor Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s service to Canada during her historic 70-year reign.

Canadian 2022 $2 Circulation Coin Black Outer Ring (obverse and reverse)
Canadian 2022 $2 Circulation Coin with Black Outer Ring (obverse and reverse)

Dated 2022 and bearing all the design elements of a standard $2 coin, this new coin is distinguished by its black outer ring reminiscent of a mourning armband, echoing the loss felt by millions of Canadians upon the passing of their queen. The coin will begin circulating later this month.

"Queen Elizabeth II served as Canada’s head of state for seven decades and for millions of Canadians, she was the only monarch they had ever known," said Marie Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "Our special $2 circulation coin offers Canadians a way to remember her."

This new coin features the traditional Brent Townsend polar bear design on the core of the reverse, as well as the Susanna Blunt effigy of Her Late Majesty on the obverse. While the metal composition of the coin remains unchanged, the outer ring is black. Click here for more information.

A larger image of the reverse
A larger image of the reverse

Nearly five million coins will enter the national coin distribution system in December and will begin appearing gradually as banks re-stock their $2 coin inventories. Additional volumes may be produced, depending on marketplace needs. The Mint is also hosting public coin exchanges at its Ottawa and Winnipeg boutiques on December 7 and 8, 2022.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. 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. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit

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Interesting. I don’t see them for sale at the Royal Mint website. Maybe they’ll only be available from banks for regular circulation.


Already selling on ebay for $112.


Someone who goes by kiemss on ebay. It’s a presale, as they haven’t been released yet.


Kaiser, and anyone else interested, as of the afternoon of December 8th, ALL ASE subscriptions are available, including for proofs.


I was hoping you’d get my message. I’m all subscribed up for the ASEs, Morgan and Peace dollars. Now to see how it works for me. I just wait for a confirmation from the Mint?


The one that’s always in demand.