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Celebrate 25 years of history with this $2 coin and bank note set. Order today!

A look back at the birth of the Toonie! This anniversary set features a 99.99% pure silver recreation of the $2 coin that made its debut on February 19, 1996—the same day Canada ceased to issue $2 bills, like the one featured here. Sealed in its own capsule, the uncirculated $2 bank note in this set is from the Bank of Canada’s 1986 Birds of Canada series and represents the last of its kind—in fact, this one is a rare BRX replacement bank note that has been locked in the Royal Canadian Mint's vault for 25 years. As for the fine silver coin, it is selectively gold-plated to resemble the beloved bi-metallic circulation piece, which quickly became a fixture in the everyday lives of Canadians.

A DREAM SET for collectors of Canadian currency! Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Canada’s $2 coin – order today!

Special features:

  • THE TOONIE TURNS 25! Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Canada’s $2 circulation coin! This coin and bank note set looks back at the $2 coin’s debut in 1996.
  • REVISIT A HISTORIC TRANSITION! A before-and-after retrospective, this set commemorates Canada’s transition to the Toonie by pairing one of the last $2 bank notes with a reproduction of the first $2 coin.
  • INCLUDES A REPLACEMENT BRX $2 BANK NOTE! Sealed in a capsule, the uncirculated $2 bill is a colourful piece of the past. It was part of the 1986 Birds of Canada series issued by the Bank of Canada and represents the last of the $2 bank notes that circulated in Canada until 1996.
  • A BRX REPLACEMENT BANK NOTE! Take a closer look at your $2 bill’s serial number: the “BRX” prefix identifies it as a replacement bank note in case a regular one was damaged or destroyed during the printing process. Replacement notes rarely enter circulation—in fact, this one has been locked in the Royal Canadian Mint's vault for 25 years, which makes it a unique collectible.
  • A SNAPSHOT OF 1996! Crafted in 99.99% pure silver, this collector coin features the reverse and obverse designs from the first two-dollar coin issued in 1996, but a slightly larger (38 mm) diameter and double dates (“1996-2021”) to commemorate the 25th anniversary in 2021.
  • SELECTIVE GOLD PLATING! Gold plating on the centre portion of your coin mimics the look of the bi-metallic $2 circulation piece. The rim is also plated with gold, which provides an extra touch of contrast and elegance.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.

Design: A recreation of the first $2 coin issued in 1996, your coin’s reverse was originally designed by Canadian artist Brent Townsend and features an adult polar bear in early summer, standing on an ice floe. The image portion is plated with gold to mimic the distinctive appearance of the bi-metallic circulation coin. The obverse features the classic effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Dora de Pédery-Hunt, while the double dates “1996-2021” commemorate the 25th anniversary of Canada’s $2 circulation coin.

Did you know? The switch to a $2 coin was proposed as a cost-saving measure, because coins generally last 20 times longer than paper currency. The $2 coin or “Toonie” (a combination of “two” and “Loonie,” the dollar coin’s nickname) was Canada’s first bi-metallic circulation coin; its outer ring and inner core are locked together by a patented mechanism developed by RCM engineers. The $2 circulation coin has evolved since 1996. There have been a few different versions of “Churchill” (the coin’s polar bear mascot) throughout the piece’s 25-year history, but did you notice the maple leaf on this coin’s obverse? That leaf was a common feature on all Canadian $2 coins issued until 2006, when RCM introduced a new Mint Mark.

Packaging: The perfect pairing, your $2 coin and bank note are individually encapsulated and presented side by side in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

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Please note: As of January 1, 2021, all Canadian $2 bank notes – including the one in this set – are no longer legal tender. While they may not be accepted for cash transactions, the Bank of Canada will honour the bills at face value if you wish to redeem them. To learn more, visit the Bank of Canada website.

Brilliant Uncirculated
Royal Canadian Mint
Brent Townsend
1 oz

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