Albertan selected as designer of Canada 150 circulation coin

Royal Canadian Mint unveils 2017 coin designed by Calgary's Amy Choi, one of five winners of the My Canada, My Inspiration contest

CALGARY, Nov. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - After thousands of Canadians took part in a national contest to create circulation coin designs celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, the Mint is finally revealing the choice of Canadians.  As simultaneous unveiling ceremonies unfold in the communities of each winning coin designer, the Mint today unveiled the work of Amy Choi, which will grace the reverse (or tails) side of the 2017 ten-cent circulation coin.

"My coin design expresses the hope that, one day, the offering of the maple leaf will be as symbolic as the offering of an olive branch," said Amy Choi. "Since Canada is known world-wide for its desire to promote peace, cooperation and diversity, I was moved to combine the maple leaf and the dove as my way to show what I admire most about my country."

"As the country looks forward to marking Canada's 150 birthday next year, the Government of Canada is pleased that the Mint has given Canadians a taste of celebrations to come by unveiling the designs that will change the face of our 2017 circulation coins," said the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance.  "These coins will stand the test of time as memorable keepsakes of a milestone in Canadian history."

"From the artists who shared their vision to the people who voted for their favourite designs, Canadians showed how much Canada means to them," said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.  "The My Canada, My Inspiration coin design contest captured heartfelt expressions of the spirit of Canada and the Mint is proud that our 2017 circulation coins will give Canadians new stories worth holding onto as they celebrate Canada 150."

Though not a trained artist, Amy Choi was able to elegantly illustrate what she felt Canada achieved in its first 150 years through a work entitled Wings of Peace.  Her design shows an airborne maple leaf which forms the wings and tail of a dove delicately outlined beneath it.

On March 11, 2015, the Mint launched a national contest inviting the public to create new designs for a 2017 circulation coin series celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary from five theme perspectives: Our Wonders, Our Character, Our Achievements, Our Passions, and Canada's Future.  After the public cast over one million online votes, Ms. Choi's design won the popular vote among five finalists in the running for the coin celebrating Our Character.

The finalists in each category were determined by the Royal Canadian Mint and a panel of notable Canadians. The winning design per category was selected by Canadians in an online vote which took place in September 2015. Each 2017-dated circulation coin denomination will feature one of the winning designs and Canadians will be able to find these coins in their change next spring. 

The Mint is also launching an extensive collector coin program in celebration of Canada 150.  Interested customers can sign up at www.mint.ca to receive the latest product news.

Images of the Canada 150 circulation coins are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fh5l1isv07py5ne/AAA6CelcYOIgw1ar4mI0UrXea?dl=0

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

 

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint

Image with caption: "The Royal Canadian Mint revealed the winning designs for the Canada 150 circulation coins on November 2, 2016. Amy Choi of Calgary, Alberta designed the 10-cent coin called Wings of Peace. All five Canada 150 coins will enter circulation in the spring of 2017. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161102_C3694_PHOTO_EN_810576.jpg

For further information: Christine Aquino, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Royal Canadian Mint, Telephone: 613-993-9999, aquino@mint.ca

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