Everlasting Canadian Icons starts with carefully selected brilliant uncirculated examples of each one of the classic denominations for 2019: Beaver 5 cents, Bluenose 10 cents, Caribou 25-cents, Loon dollar and Polar Bear two dollar. But there’s one more piece…For the special 50-cent coin, the Royal Canadian Mint has gathered the Beaver, Bear, Caribou and Loon and sent them on a little adventure to discover Canada. The colour image shows them looking in every direction beneath a blue sky, while the maple leaf stands tall in the background. When you view the coin in the dark, that same sky is lit up by the Northern Lights. And the proud maple leaf from the daytime scene still there. This special issue half dollar coin is only available in this collector set. 1937 is the year the beaver, caribou and Bluenose first appeared on Canada’s coins. Fifty years later (1987), the loon landed on a new dollar coin. And in 1996, Churchill the polar bear made his big debut on the “toonie.”
50 Cent Design
The design by Darren Booth features Canada’s classic circulation designs re-imagined in a modern illustration style. The 25-cent’s caribou joins the two-dollar coin’s polar bear, which stands at the edge of an ice floe. The dollar’s loon flies across the blue sky, while the ten-cent’s Bluenose sails on the sea. The five-cent beaver looks up at the big proud red maple leaf in awe. When the glow-in-the-dark feature is activated, the characters all become silhouettes against the night sky, where the maple leaf is faintly visible against the glowing aurora borealis. The reverse includes the engraved word “CANADA” and the date “2019”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.