New Royal Canadian Mint coin marks 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A Macdonald

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23 January 2015
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imports_CCGB_130630-rev-570_06525.png New Royal Canadian Mint coin marks 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A Macdonald
Royal Canadian Mint marks the 200th birth anniversary of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A Macdonald. ...
Royal Canadian Mint marks the 200th birth anniversary of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A Macdonald.

The two dollar circulation coin was unveiled at Sir John A Macdonald birthday celebrations in Kingston on 11 January. The coin's reverse image was designed by Canadian artist Glen Green and is inspired by archival photographs of Sir John A. Macdonald, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1815.

The anniversary is also marked by Royal Canadian Mint's issue of a $10 silver coin (pictured) with selective gold plating featuring a portrait of Macdonald by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel; a $20 silver coin with a portrait by William Lazos; and a $100 14-carat gold coin with an original Glen Green portrait.

Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, said: 'As Canada counts down to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Mint will continue to honour people and events which have shaped our nation and we will soon ask Canadians to actively participate in our program.'

To order the coins, visit the Royal Canadian Mint website.

For all the latest coin and stamp news and new issues, see each issue of Stamp & Coin Mart magazine.

(Image copyright Royal Canadian Mint)
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