Today Canada turns 150. To celebrate, The Royal Canadian Mint has released a once-in-a-life-time set of coins highlighting this milestone event in Canadian history.
And one of them glows in the dark!
The new two-dollar coin, (or toonie), celebrates the wonders of Canada with an evocative design featuring the Northern Lights and glows in the dark thanks to special ink that contains luminescent material.
The specially designed two-dollar coin, which has been issued to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada, features two people paddling in a canoe as the northern lights dance high above – which the Cree peoples called “the dance of the spirits”.
When the coin is put in the dark, the aurora borealis glows softly, thanks to a new ink formulation that contains luminescent material.
Just 3 million of these coins have been released into general circulation in Canada meaning just one in ten Canadians are expected to find one in their change.
The only other way to get hold of this coin is by securing the 2017 ‘My Canada My Inspiration’ Collector Card. Featuring all five brand new commemorative designs, there is no doubt that these coins would create a collecting frenzy if a similar event like this was to happen in the UK.
In fact, each and every one of these special Royal Canadian Mint releases are certain to become a collector’s item now and forever.
Going by previous issues, 25 cents and $2 coins are extremely difficult to get hold of. This set guarantees collectors the brand new coins issued for 2017, displayed in a special Collector Card.