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Year 2000 25-cent coins unveiled by RCM!


Pride
Pride

Canadians' pride in their country took centre stage January 6, as the Honourable Alfonso Gagliano, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint, along with Mrs. Danielle Wetherup, President and Master of the Mint, officially unveiled the 12 winning designs for year 2000 25-cent circulation coins.

The most striking difference from the 1999-dated coins is the absence of a month of issue. A change that may catch a few board designers off guard.

Achievement
Achievement

"The Create a Centsation contest underscored that Canadians are full of pride for their country and extremely optimistic about what the future holds," said Minister Gagliano. "Their designs speak to the values that have shaped our great nation and which will continue to guide it into the 21st century."

According to the Mint, each of the year 2000 25-cent coins will be struck with a distinct theme, identified by Canadians as a cornerstone of our country's heritage and one of the building blocks for its future. For example, the January coin has the word Pride, along with the artist's initials, engraved onto the coin. Other coins also have their themes.

Community
Community

An independent panel composed of post-secondary art and design students selected all 12 winning designs for the 2000 coins from thousands of entries. The artwork chosen for this series reflects the visions of Canadians from all walks of life, particularly younger Canadians, whose designs depict the kind of Canada they want to create in the coming century.

The nationwide contest invited Canadians of all ages and all backgrounds to celebrate the millennium by "Drawing on our past and designing the future," to reflect Canada through the eyes of ordinary Canadians with an extraordinary love of their country. The enormously popular 1999 series of 25-cent coins reflected past Canadian achievements, while the 2000 coins focus on the future.

Creativity
Creativity

The January coin Pride, designed by Winnipeg artist Donald F. Warkentin, is just the first in the 2000 series of coins whose powerful images express the expectations and aspirations of our nation at the dawn of the year 2000.

The Royal Canadian Mint also launched its national television advertising campaign that will feature each month one of the 12 designs selected for the 2000 series of coin.

Canada's first coin of the year 2000 showcases the artistic talents of a Winnipeg freelance graphic designer, whose passion for his country and optimism about its future shines through his inspiring design, Pride.

Family
Family

Donald F. Warkentin, owner of DFW Grafik Design in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is one of 12 finalists in the Royal Canadian Mint's "Create a Centsation!" Coin Design Contest whose artwork will adorn Canada's special commemorative coins to celebrate the year 2000. His winning entry, Pride, was selected to grace the January 2000 25-cent coin, the first in the Mint's 2000 series of coins.

Mr. Warkentin's design honours our country's vibrant character and expresses Canadians' celebration of life, of our people, of peace, stability and a flourishing bounty. It sends a signal, from east to west, that Canada is a nation looking forward to a future filled with promise.

Freedom
Freedom

The Winnipeg native holds a Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. An active volunteer in the community, his hobbies include travel, sports, oil painting and photography as well as rockhounding and astronomy.

As the year 2000 unfolds, the Royal Canadian Mint will celebrate with Canadians by launching the remaining 11 designs into circulation on a monthly basis.

The Mint's 2000 numismatic products can be purchased from the Royal Canadian Mint global network of dealers and distributors, as well as directly from the Royal Canadian Mint in North America by calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada or 1-800-268-6468 in the United States.

POST OFFICE
TO DISTRIBUTE

Health
Health

The Canada Post Corporation will continue to distribute the millennium circulation coins. With its 7,000 outlets, Canadians will have access to the new coins. No fee will be charged to obtain the circulation coins.

Canada Post took over distribution part way through 1999, after most Canadian banks withdrew from the program because of a dispute with the Minister of Finance over returning stockpiled $1 coins ordered several years ago.

To learn more about any aspect of the year 2000-dated 25-cent coins, visit the Royal Canadian Mint's website at www.rcmint.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Ingenuity
Ingenuity

Theme: The coin profiles the maple leaf, surrounded by 13 confetti pieces representing the provinces and territories.

The maple leaf is flanked by three curled ribbons in the shape of 9s, symbolizing 1999 falling away to make way for the new millennium. A dramatic swashing ribbon forms the number '2', while three small maple leaves form the symbolic digits '000' in the year 2000.

Composition: Nickel (circulation coin); Sterling Silver - 92.5 per cent silver, 7.5 per cent copper (silver collector coin).

Natural Legacy
Natural Legacy

Weight: 5.9 grams.

Diameter: 23.88 mm.

Thickness: 1.58 mm.

Finish: Proof: (silver coin). Uncirculated: Brilliant relief and background (souvenir set.)

Sets: Deluxe Proof Sterling Silver Set: $149.95. Souvenir Set: $24.95. Individual sterling silver coin: $14.95.


Wisdom
Wisdom

January 25 to February 7, 2000 issue of Canadian Coin News



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