The first coins struck from new dies each year are often of the highest quality and the most sought after. Like a time capsule, this set locks in your 2021 circulation coins and keeps them sealed and under wraps, so you can preserve and share them with future generations. Every coin in this First Strikes collection is among the first 2021 dated Canadian circulation coins struck at the Winnipeg facility. They are uncirculated versions that have that unmistakable lustre of newly minted coins. There is a special wrap roll for each of the five denominations. Rolled in a premium wrapper and sealed with a holographic label, these coins promise to be lasting mementos of a year shaped by special moments and new experiences in your collecting journey. Mintage of the collection is limited to 5,000.
$2 Polar Bear: Introduced on February 19, 1996, Canada’s bi-metallic two-dollar coin features the polar bear, an Arctic species that is a symbol of strength. Artist: Brent Townsend.
$1 Common Loon: A defining image of Canada and its currency, the dollar coin’s solitary loon made its debut on June 30, 1987. Artist: Robert-Ralph Carmichael.
25 Cent Caribou: The antlered representative of Canada’s northern wilderness, the caribou first appeared on the 25-cent coin in 1937. Artist: Emanuel Hahn.
10 Cent Bluenose: An enduring symbol of Canada’s maritime history and heritage, the Bluenose schooner first set sail on the ten-cent coin in 1937. Artist: Emanuel Hahn.
5 Cent Beaver: The image of the beaver on the five-cent coin dates back to 1937, but the animal is a centuries-old icon that is synonymous with Canada’s early history. Artist: G. E. Kruger-Gray.
The reverse designs for today’s 5-cent, 10-cent and 25-cent coins were first introduced in 1937, when Canada sought to modernize its coinage.