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The Uncirculated Set continues a long
tradition as the perfect way to collect Canada’s
circulation coins from year-to-year. These
shiny coins are also an original keepsake to
transform everyday achievements like the
first day of school or first job, into memorable
milestones—keep them on hand for life’s
Every coin that is minted in Canada is a work of art. Each represents a fragment of our unique history and extraordinary geography. The 2012 Uncirculated set, which contains the seven denominations of coins produced this year, is a striking collection of some of Canada’s most famous iconography.
Polar Bear: Canada’s bi-metallic two-dollar coin, launched in 1996, features a polar bear, one of the world’s largest terrestrial carnivores and which can weigh up to 650 kilograms. It lives near the cold seas and frozen ice of Canada’s far-north.
Common Loon: Launched in 1987, the reverse of the one-dollar coin, represents a common loon swimming against the rugged backdrop of the Canadian Shield. The loon’s haunting calls are one the quintessential sound of the Canadian wilderness in summer.
Canada’s Coat of Arms: The Canadian Coat of Arms, proclaimed in the 1921 and modified in 1996, reminds Canadians of our diverse heritage. It features images from France (the fleur-de-lis), England (the three royal lions and rose), Scotland (a lion and thistle) and Ireland (the Irish harp and shamrock).
Caribou: An enduring symbol of the Canadian north, the majestically-antlered caribou has remained a Canadian icon since first apprearing on the twenty-five-cent piece in 1936.
Bluenose: In the 1921, Atlantic Canadians built one of the finest racing and fishing vessels in Canadian history, the Bluenose. Known for its speed, and almost unbeatable in a race, the ship first appeared on the ten-cent piece in 1937.
Beaver: The beaver is Canada’s national animal. Highly sought after for its rich fur in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was the mainstay of the colonial economy for centuries. Today, the beaver is revered for as a symbol of hard work and perseverance.
Maple Leaf: Canada’s most-recognized national emblem, the Maple Leaf not only has pride of place on the Canadian flag, but has, in one form or another, appeared on circulation coins in Canada long before Confederation in 1867.
These uncirculated coins have been carefully selected to provide you with the best examples of their kind.