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World’s first glow-in-the-dark coin celebrates Canadian anniversary


The two-dollar coin has been created by the Royal Canadian Mint to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.

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The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled its new glow-in-the-dark coin, thought to be the first of its kind. The CAD 2 coin has been created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation and features two individuals paddling in a canoe beneath the northern lights. The coin has been made with ink that contains luminescent material so the aurora borealis design glows in the dark.

Three million of the special coins, known as a ‘toonie’, have entered circulation and it is thought that one in ten Canadians will see one enter their purses and wallets. Citizens also have the opportunity to buy the coin as part of a commemorative coin set with 150 pieces. The collection includes a CAD 20 fine silver coin featuring a new 3D dome dewdrop with a colourful bee and flower design by artist Alexandra Lefort, and CAD 300 pure platinum coin called Maple Leaf Forever, featuring pink gold plating and colour illustrations of Douglas Maple leaves by artist Margaret Best.

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