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The Canadian Two Dollar Coin
Canada's 2 Dollar Twoonie - Toonie
The Canadian people quickly gave the new two dollar coin the nickname "Twonie" or "Toonie". This trend of nicknaming Canada's new coins following the introduction of the one dollar coin being nicknamed "The Loonie" shortly after its introduction.
Did you know that the 2012 Toonies and Loonies do not work in any of the vending/ticket machines out there? They have made them a lot lighter than the other ones, so the machines will either spit them out and not accept them, or take them but give you no credit for them.
So be careful the next time you use a coin operated machine, and what coins you are using.
All photos found on this article are ©Jolene Belmain.
Collectible two dollar Canadian Coins:
The first Canadian 2 dollar coins were minted in 1996. The first lots of these two dollar coins to tumble off the assembly line had a very unique defect in their composition. The bi-metallic coin locking mechanism designed to hold the two rings in place was not yet perfected and the smaller inner ring of the coin easily slipped out of the larger outer ring.
These now very collectible defective versions of the Canadian 2 dollar coin were quickly recalled to the mint but a few were most likely securely tucked away by collectors. There are probably quite a few of these defective first renditions of the Canadian toonie sitting in coin collections around the world.
Bill printed in 1954
The Design of the Canadian Two Dollar Coin.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll appears on one side of the inner circle of this first 2 dollar coin while the image of a polar bear is featured on the other side of the inner circle. This image of the polar bear was designed by the famous Canadian wildlife artist Brent Townsend, and it was to appear on the Candian toonie from 1996 to 1998, and then to once again in the year 2001.
In 1999 a special image designed by Germaine Amatauyok is featured to honor the establishment of Nunavut as a new territory within Canada.
In 2000 an image of a mother polar bear and her cubs designed by Tony Bianco is featured on the Canadian 2 dollar coin. The inscription on the outer edge of this Canadian toonie reads KNOWLEDGE _ LE SAVOIR.
Bill from 1974
The Canadian Toonie - Twonie is Canada's First Bi-Metallic Coin
This coin was uniquely minted because it was the first Canadian coin to have two very different metal rings joined together to create a single coin. This bi-metallic coin featured an outer silver ring and an inner gold colored ring. On the outer ring of one side of this new coin was imprinted CANADA, 2 DOLLARS while on the other side of the outer ring was printed ELIZABETH ll, D.G.REGINA. Also featured on this same side of the new Canadian two dollar coin was the year of the coins minting and a small imprint of a maple leaf. The maple leaf being one of Canada's most recognized national symbols.
The wide outer ring of the new Canadian two dollar coin was comprised of ninty-nine percent nickel, while the inner ring was composed of a three metal blend of ninty-two percent copper, six percent aluminum, and two percent nickel.