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Newsletter #215, October 8, 2011

Royal Canadian Mint Releases Parks Canada Centennial Loonie

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The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to cap off the celebration of Parks Canada's centennial year by unveiling five new commemorative circulation coins which immortalize Canadians' pride in their legendary natural heritage and capture their trademark passion for the great outdoors.

The commemorative circulation coins unveiled by Canadian government officials and representatives of Parks Canada and the Mint, at a public ceremony hosted at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec include: the 2011 Parks Canada Centennial one-dollar circulation coin; the 2011 Boreal Forest two-dollar circulation coin; and three new 25-cent circulation coins (half of which will be coloured) featuring the Orca, Peregrine Falcon and Wood Bison.

Between October 7-8, 2011, the Mint will invite the public to trade their loose change to obtain the one-dollar Parks Canada centennial circulation coin at its boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver.  Parks Canada will also offer it in a face value coin exchange at many national park and historic site locations across Canada during the Thanksgiving long weekend, from October 8-10, 2011.

Starting with the one-dollar circulation coin commemorating the centennial of Parks Canada on October 7, Canadians will soon be able to find these coins in their change and collect all five in a special collector card to be available, free of charge, on www.mint.ca/legendary this November, while supplies last. Canadians can also visit the Mint's web site to exchange five dollars for special "circulation packs" of five new Parks Canada Centennial circulation coins.

The Mint will also be introducing a series of finely crafted gold and silver collector coins in early November 2011 to complement this compelling series of commemorative circulation coins. Themes will include the boreal forest, the orca, the wood bison and the peregrine falcon.
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