A two-dollar coin honoring Canada's boreal forest is now in circulation. This coin was preceded by a one-dollar circulation coin dedicated to the centennial of Parks Canada in October 2011 and will be followed in early 2012 by a trio of 25-cent coins featuring the orca, wood bison and peregrine falcon. According to the Royal Canadian Mint, all five of these coins are part of the "our legendary nature" theme. - "As one of the world's largest ecosystems, the boreal forest is an integral part of Canada and of the Canadian experience, which deserves to be immortalized on a special two-dollar circulation coin Canadians can collect from coast to coast to coast," said Ian E. Bennett, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. Always proud to celebrate Canada's great natural, historical and cultural heritage on coins of exceptional quality and design, the Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to introduce fine collector coins which showcase the best of Canada to collectors and gift givers, at home and world-wide. The Mint's newest offering of 2011 features: 99.99% pure 1/25 ounce gold coins honouring the Boreal Forest, Wood Bison, Orca and Peregrine Falcon which mirror the themes of four of the Mint's five new 2011 "legendary nature" commemorative circulation coins, followed by four new $10 face value pure silver coins featuring the same designs; new sets of sterling silver and uncirculated versions of the 25-cent Wood Bison, Orca and Peregrine Falcon circulation coins; a new one-kilo pure gold coin marking the 375th anniversary of the first European observation of Lacrosse; the newest 14-karat gold addition to the Provincial Coat of Arms, featuring Nova Scotia; "Wintertown" and "Little Skaters" pure silver coins with colour enhancement; and a 25th Anniversary of the Loonie collector card featuring a silver-plated, double-dated one-dollar circulation coin. The story of Canada is a great source of inspiration which offers Canadians and collectors all over the world an endless variety of Royal Canadian Mint coins renowned for their beauty, innovation and craftsmanship. The Mint is always excited to find new ways to celebrate the greatness of Canada on its coins and to create memorable keepsakes which excel in their visual and emotional appeal. - Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
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