A limited-mintage, very
scarce first day of minting cover of the brand-new toonie
in pristine uncirculated condition!
celebrate the year 2000 and the Millennium, the Royal
Canadian Mint released a special circulating commemorative coin
with a unique, one-year-only design. This features a mother polar bear
and two cubs on it, the famous "Family of Bears" image. It is also
known as the "Path of Knowledge" toonie, with the image representing
the mother bear teaching her cubs and imparting her wisdom and
experience on them.
design was created by well-known Canadian nature and wildlife
artist Tony Bianco. Tony is known not only for his plein-air outdoor
art, but also for being the designer of the 2006 10th Anniversary
This coin is not the circulation-finish coin, but rather the
specially-struck, specimen-finish version that is today very desirable.
Only 5,000 of the specimen Family of Bears coins were issued, making
them truly hard-to-find!
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polar bear coins!
two dollar coin, nicknamed the
"toonie" or "twonie" (a play on words combining "two" and
"loonie") was introduced in 1996 and features an outer ring of
nickel and an inner core of aluminum bronze. The toonie features a
distinctive bi-metallic coin-locking mechanism patented by the Royal
Canadian Mint. This innovative technology allows the two dollar coin to
last about twenty times longer than the two dollar note it replaced!
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obverse features a novel design to celebrate its Millennium and the
year 2000. A mother polar
bear with two cubs facing right looks expectantly toward the east, as
if instructing her offspring. This novel commemorative toonie
design was created by accomplished artist Tony Bianco. The legends
KNOWLEDGE SAVOIR and the date also appear.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of
England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the third effigy of
the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by artist Dora de
Pédery-Hunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA
Queen by the Grace of God") and the date also appear.
The Family of Bears $2 coin is
handsomely presented in an solid-wood display case made of real
Canadian maple. The display case opens to reveal the coin and to form
an easel that can be displayed on a shelf or table top. The case has a
laser-etched front with the family of bears image burned into it, and
is protected by a white outer box.