Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Parks Canada Centennial Loonie
This coin landed in our hands the other day and while we are used to our currency getting special designs on occasion this one got our attention. Stylized and unique this loonie celebrates Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary.
The Dominion Parks Branch—known today as Parks Canada—was founded in 1911, and mandated to conserve Canada's unrivalled wilderness for Canadians to explore and enjoy. By creating the world's first national parks system, Canada has made nature conservation a prized Canadian value and inspired countries around the world to protect their unique wilderness regions.
As with all of our coins, the one side has our Queen and the reverse design of this coin features stylized land, air and aquatic fauna, varieties of flora, as well as a symbolic park building and the silhouette of a hiker framed by a snow-capped mountain range. It is also dated “1911-2011”.