In 2011, Parks Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint have joined forces to celebrate Canada’s beautiful nature and the centennial of the first national park service in the world. “Our Legendary Nature” collection comprises five coins that have been or will be put in circulation throughout 2011 and 2012.
At the beginning of 2011, the Mint also launched its first collection coin in recognition of Parks Canada’s centennial. And in November 2011, a Special Edition Uncirculated Set was made available for purchase. Visit this site and the Royal Canadian Mint to get updated information about the distribution of the other coins!
NEW! The Two-Dollar Boreal Forest Coin
© Royal Canadian Mint
With a mintage of 5 million pieces, the two-dollar boreal forest coin comes timely, as this year was declared International Year of the Forest by the United Nations. Beautifully designed with a variety of trees, this coin represents the boreal forest, the largest ecosystem in the world!
Parks Canada contributes greatly to the protection of this important ecosystem: the following 12 national parks protect the boreal forest. Yours to discover!
Together, those national parks cover an area of more than 124 000 km2!
Unveiling a Very Special Loonie
Parks Canada Centennial Commemorative Loonie © Royal Canadian Mint
Imagine this... Five million centennial loonies, each one telling the story of Parks Canada – in circulation for many years and collected forever.
On October 7, 2011, the Royal Canadian Mint and the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister responsible for Parks Canada, unveiled this special one-dollar commemorative circulation coin honouring the centennial of the founding in 1911 of the world’s first national park service, now known as Parks Canada. This unique Parks Canada 'centennial loonie' features stylized elements representing the national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas of Canada, as well as the centennial dates, a hiker and a symbolic beaver.
We are honoured that the centennial coin was the leader of the Mint's ‘Our Legendary Nature’ five-coin series which tells Canadians compelling stories about their environment and helps them to connect with Canada's amazing natural and historic beauty.
Parka and the Parks Canada centennial commemorative loonie. © Parks Canada
Did you know?
The Parks Canada Centennial $1 circulation coin was recently made available at many Parks Canada places during the Thanksgiving weekend.
For collectors... A Silver Dollar
Proof Silver Dollar - 100th Anniversary of Parks Canada (2011)© Royal Canadian Mint
The Parks Canada Centennial is featured on the Royal Canadian Mint’s first collector coin of the year 2011. Launched on January, the silver dollar marks the centennial of Parks Canada, the world’s first national parks service.
Designed by Quebec artist Luc Normandin, the rich imagery of this coin evokes Parks Canada's leadership role in conserving and educating about Canada's flora and fauna. Four endangered ecological treasures are cradled in the hands of a young Canadian: a Whooping Crane (Grus americana), the Southern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris), a Western Fringed Prairie Orchid (Platanthera praeclara) and a Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus).
This exciting silver dollar is available in a proof and brilliant uncirculated finish, as well as in a selectively gold-plated version found exclusively in the Mint's 2011 proof set. Available until January 5, 2012 only, these 2011 silver dollar products can be purchased online through the Mint’s website or directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US. The coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg, in some Canada Post offices and from many coin dealers.
Royal Canadian Mint website