new canadian toonie 2020

This is what the new Canadian toonie looks like

The new Canadian toonie is here for 2020 and it marks a pretty big anniversary in the country's history. 

On Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Mint released a first look at the colourful new toonie which will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Second World War and the Canadians who gave six long years of service on the battlefield and on the home front. 

The coin, which is inspired by the 1943-45 Victory Nickel, features a large "V" for "Victory" on the inner core, a flaming torch, maple leaves, and the dates 1945 and 2020. The original Victory Nickel message "We win when we work willingly" is also included in the outer ring of the coin in Morse code.

All of this is reminiscent of the call to support the war effort back in the day. 

"For nearly six years, Canadians serving in uniform or chipping in at home played a vital role in achieving a hard-won peace," said Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Lawrence MacAulay in a press release.

"They have our enduring thanks, and I hope we can all live up to that legacy as this coin changes hands from one generation to the next."

Canada's new toonie is starting to enter circulation so keep your eye out because there will be $3 million of them in total but only $2 million with colour.  

This comes just a month after another commemorative toonie was released featuring a design by late Haida artist Bill Reid.

Lead photo by

Canadian Mint

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