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Mint unveils Arctic inspired coins


The Royal Canadian Mint has released some new coins of interest to those who enjoy all things northern. New commemorative 25-cent coins have been designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition and “Life in the North”. A total of 12.5 million “Life in the North” quarters by Artist Tim Pitsiulak from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut, will be produced along with 12.5 million quarters by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross depicting explorers preparing for their northern journey.

As well, the Mint has 14k gold and silver dollar coins celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition. The gold coin beautifully depicts a survey team, dressed for Arctic weather, with a stylized globe of the Canada’s Arctic behind them. The silver coin shows three men aboard a dogsled, the dogs waiting for the command to move across the Arctic tundra. The skyline and horizon behind are filled with a stylized image of a compass. Both coins come with a serialized certificate.

“We are pleased that our new circulation coins help Canadians learn even more about the Arctic’s past and present, as well as its unique Aboriginal cultures,” says Ian Bennett, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

For more information, visit the mint.ca.