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.
Own a significant collection of Canadian coins which are sure to make a great addition to any Change Checkers collection.
The Royal Mint initially predicted that the number of new 12-sided £1 coins in circulation would overtake the Round £1 Coin by August this year.
However, due to the amount of coins that have already been returned, 8 million in total, the date has been revised to as soon as late July. Of the returned coins, most will be re-used to produce new 12-sided £1 coins, with the rest being disposed of.
This is important news for industries that deal in large quantities of £1 coins, such as vending and arcade machines, who’ll need to bring forward their machine conversation date.
Most importantly, for Change Checkers this means it is going to become increasingly challenging to complete The Great One Pound Coin Race. However, we know that you love a challenge and we’re here to help you get across the finishing line.
For all the best Round £1 Coin collecting hints and tips, take a look at our video:
For the brave ones amongst you, you can still sign up to The Great One Pound Coin Race, there’s still over 100 days to go!
Rumours of the Dual-Dated £1 Coin appear to have been confirmed in the national press today.
Although we haven’t seen the coin ourselves, we’ve spoken to the collector claiming to be in possession of one and seen a number of images, leading us to believe that he has found a genuine error.
The error in question is a 12-sided £1 coin with two different dates – 2016 on the obverse and 2017 micro engraved on the reverse.
So, what everybody wants to know is, “what is this coin worth?”
At this stage it’s difficult to answer with any certainty. The error is very hard to spot with the naked eye and there is currently no indication as to how many of these error coins have been struck.
Probably the best example to compare it to is the 2008 undated 20p where there was an initial spike in interest and some coins sold for an inflated price in the thousands. However, this did settle down fairly quickly and today you’d expect to pick one of these up for between £50-75.
What is clear, is that this appears to be a genuine error and as such considerably more collectable than many of the mis-strikes and tampered with £1 coins that have recently appeared online.
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