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Your toonie and your loonie have evolved

The New $1 Coin

Instead of traditional alloys, and like the new two-dollar circulation coins, Canada's new one-dollar circulation coins are manufactured using the same Multi-Ply Plated Steel technology found in our current 25-cent, 10-cent, 5-cent and 1-cent circulation coins This patented process covers a steel core with alternating layers of metals such as copper, nickel and brass. The resulting coins are more economical to produce, durable and secure.

The New $1 CoinWhile the new one-dollar circulation coin maintains the traditional "Loon" design, there is one visible change:

  • A single laser mark of a maple leaf positioned within a circle on the coin's reverse – i.e. around the Loon design. This laser mark is produced during the striking of the coins using a contrasting pattern micro-engraved on the coin die itself.
  • Specifications:
    Diameter: 26.5mm
    Edge Height: 1.95mm
    Weight: 6.27g
    Composition: Multi-ply brass plated steel