Celebrate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis art and culture with this seven piece 2023 Collector Keepsake set from the Royal Canadian Mint. This set includes both a coloured and classic version of Canada’s new two dollar commemorative coin together with numismatic uncirculated examples of each denomination usually issued for circulation. However, for 2023 all the regular design coins are special collector issues featuring the posthumous effigy of Queen Elizabeth II which will not be issued for circulation. The Royal Canadian Mint has announced that they are waiting until new King Charles III dies are ready before striking new classic design coins for circulation, making these special issue coins both unusual and highly collectible.
The $2 commemorative design combines the art of Megan Currie, English River First Nation, Myrna Pokiak, Inuvialuit Settlement Region and Jennine Krauchi, Red River Métis. Their joint creation stunningly combines their expressions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures, art and traditions and is an open invitation to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.
National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) is the national day devoted to celebrating the diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
Design elements include:
*The seven phases of Grandmother Moon, representing past, present and future.
*A central flower containing a figure of a child, honouring indigenous children.
*Forget-me-not flowers to remember the past.
*Berries to honour and thank Mother Earth.
*Butterflies, as a symbol of transformation.
Denominations include the 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent, one dollar, classic design $2, colour commemorative $2 and non-colour commemorative $2.