For CanadaÕs 150th anniversary, only special commemorative coin designs will be issued for circulation. However, this set allows collectors the opportunity to get the complete set of six coins including the scarce half dollar denomination, all with the classic designs that will not be available in circulation. All of the coins are in superb numismatic uncirculated condition.
The designs on the six coins in this collection showcase some of Canada's most famous iconography.
$2 Coin - Polar Bear
Canada's bi-metallic two-dollar coin, launched in 1996, features a polar bear, one of the world's largest terrestrial carnivores which can weigh up to 650 kilograms. It lives near the cold seas and frozen ice of Canada's far-north.
$1 Coin - Common Loon
Launched in 1987, the reverse of the one-dollar coin represents a common loon swimming against the rugged backdrop of the Canadian Shield. The loon's haunting calls are one the quintessential sound of the Canadian wilderness in summer.
50¢ Coin - Canada's Coat of Arms
The Canadian Coat of Arms, proclaimed in 1921 and modified in 1996, reminds Canadians of our diverse heritage. It features images from France (the fleur-de-lis), England (the three royal lions and rose), Scotland (a lion and thistle) and Ireland (the Irish harp and shamrock).
25¢ Coin - Caribou
An enduring symbol of the Canadian north, the majestically-antlered caribou has remained a Canadian icon since first appearing on the twenty-five-cent piece in 1936.
10¢ Coin - Bluenose
In 1921, Atlantic Canadians built one of the finest racing and fishing vessels in Canadian history, the Bluenose. Known for its speed, and almost unbeatable in a race, the ship first appeared on the ten-cent piece in 1937.
5¢ Coin - Beaver
The beaver is Canada's national animal. Highly sought after for its rich fur in the 17th and
18th centuries, it was the mainstay of the colonial economy for centuries. Today, the beaver is revered as a symbol of hard work and perseverance.