Royal Canadian Mint Introduces New Two-Dollar Circulation Coin Celebrating Canada's Boreal Forest

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Ottawa, Ontario, November 1, 2011 – The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to inform Canadians they can soon start collecting a new 2011 two-dollar circulation coin honouring Canada's boreal forest.  This coin which has now entered circulation 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.  All five of these special circulation coins are inspired by the theme of "our legendary nature"; a fixture of Canadian pride and identity.

"The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to help Canadians celebrate their country's legendary natural heritage with five new commemorative circulation coins honouring our great outdoors and a century of nature conservation by Parks Canada," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "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."

Between November 4-6, 2011, the Mint will invite the public to trade their loose change for the two-dollar Boreal Forest circulation coin at its boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver.  At the same time, the Mint will join Parks Canada as a co-exhibitor at the annual Banff Mountain Film and Book festival in Banff, Alberta, where visitors to the Banff Centre will also be able to acquire this new coin at face value.  While supplies last, Canadians may also visit www.mint.ca/legendary to exchange ten dollars for special "circulation packs" of five new Boreal Forest circulation coins. 

"Our Legendary Nature" Collector Coins Now Available!
The public can now order a special uncirculated coin set as well as a variety of gold and silver collector coins complementing our compelling series of 2011 commemorative circulation coins.  This selection of finely crafted, limited-edition collector coins includes:

In addition to 2011 silver dollar collector products honouring the centennial of Parks Canada, these new collector coins can be directly ordered from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada or 1-800-268-6468 in the US; on the Internet at www.mint.ca; at the Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver; or through our network of distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

Images of the Mint's "Our Legendary Nature" circulation and collector coins are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca and www.mint.ca/legendary.

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For more information, please contact:
Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Communications
Telephone: (613) 949-5777
Mobile: (613) 884-6370
reeves@mint.ca