British Columbian selected as designer of Canada 150 circulation coin

Royal Canadian Mint unveils 2017 coin designed by Richmond's Timothy Hsia, one of five winners of the My Canada, My Inspiration contest

RICHMOND, BC, 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 Dr. Timothy Hsia, which will grace the reverse (or tails) side of the 2017 two-dollar circulation coin.

"The northern lights are a true Canadian wonder, one that all Canadians from sea to sea can appreciate and call their own. To me, this radiant light display embodies Canada's unity and beauty," said Timothy Hsia. "I titled my design 'Dance of the Spirits' after how the Cree people attribute the northern lights to the special moment when the spirits manifest themselves, dancing, to the human eyes and minds below. I am thrilled that so many fellow Canadians share this sense of wonder I feel for Canada and her glorious nature."

 "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."

Always looking at nature with a painter's eye, Timothy Hsia created Dance of the Spirits, showing a pair of paddlers dwarfed by a night sky alive with the ever-shifting movement of the Aurora Borealis.  The paddlers pause and gaze awestruck in wonder of the mesmerizing scene unfolding above them.

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, Dr. Hsia's design won the popular vote among five finalists in the running for the coin celebrating Our Wonders.

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 to receive the latest product news.

Images of the Canada 150 circulation coins are available at

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SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint

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