Royal Canadian Mint unveils new toonie featuring black metal ring to honour Queen Elizabeth II

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The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new version of the $2 coin, or toonie, bearing a black metal wrapping band of metal to honour the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died Sept. 8 at the age of 96.

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“This new coin is distinguished by its black outer ring reminiscent of a mourning armband, echoing the loss felt by millions of Canadians upon the passing of their queen,” the mint said in a release Wednesday.

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“Queen Elizabeth II served as Canada’s head of state for seven decades and for millions of Canadians, she was the only monarch they had ever known,” said Marie Lemay, president and CEO of the Mint said in a release. “Our special $2 circulation coin offers Canadians a way to remember her.”

In Ottawa, the Mint is hosting public coin exchanges at its Ottawa boutique its headquarters at 30 Bank St.

The coins will also be available at the Winnipeg boutique.

Elsewhere, “nearly five million of the Black Ring coins will enter the national coin distribution system this month … and will begin appearing gradually as banks re-stock their $2 coin inventories,” the bank said.

Additional volumes may be produced, depending on market requirements.

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