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The icons that identify and unify Canadians

  • Jun 13, 2023
  • Contenu canadien
  • 5 min read
What do a loon and a hockey skate have in common? How about a polar bear and a canoe? They’re all Canadian icons.

Whether they’re inspired by nature, history, geography or our lifestyles, the icons represented on the 50-cent piece, which is included in our newest set of 2023 collector’s edition non-circulation coins, are some of the most powerful visual representations of our nation, values, identity and culture. Some, like the beaver (the symbol of Canadian sovereignty) were given official status as emblems of Canada; other popular images are de facto national symbols—they may not have been formally recognized as an official emblem of Canada, but they’re widely considered to be distinctly Canadian.

 

Why these icons?
Contenu canadien
Contenu canadien
What do a loon and a hockey skate have in common? How about a polar bear and a canoe? They’re all Canadian icons.

Whether they’re inspired by nature, history, geography or our lifestyles, the icons represented on the 50-cent piece, which is included in our newest set of 2023 collector’s edition non-circulation coins, are some of the most powerful visual representations of our nation, values, identity and culture. Some, like the beaver (the symbol of Canadian sovereignty) were given official status as emblems of Canada; other popular images are de facto national symbols—they may not have been formally recognized as an official emblem of Canada, but they’re widely considered to be distinctly Canadian.

 

Why these icons?