The Royal Canadian Mint is going all out for the country’s 150th birthday by releasing a glow-in-the-dark toonie.
- Canada is getting a new $3 coin for its 150th birthday
- Canadian Mint releases Stanley Cup coin in honour of the trophy's 125th anniversary
- New circulation loonie for Canada's 150th birthday features national landmarks
The toonie is part of the five-coin 2017 Canada 150 collection and features a depiction of the Northern Lights on one of its sides. Designs for the coins were revealed last November and were selected from drawings sent in by thousands of Canadians who took part in a national contest.
The coins include:
- 5-cent: Living Traditions by Gerald Gloade of Millbrook First Nation, Nova Scotia
- 10-cent: Wings of Peace by Amy Choi of Calgary, Alberta
- 25-cent: Hope for a Green Future by Joelle Wong of Richmond Hill, Ontario
- One-dollar: Connecting a Nation by Wesley Klassen of St. Catharines, Ontario
- Two-dollar: Dance of the Spirits by Timothy Hsia of Richmond, British Columbia
The quarter and the toonie are the only coins in the collection to feature colour.
However, the toonie takes the wow-factor a step further as it is the world’s first coloured bimetallic coin and the first circulation coin to feature glow-in-the-dark technology.
The Canada 150 coins are now in circulation, so make sure you check your pockets for the glowing toonie.