The Canadian Loonie will lose the image of its namesake, the loon, in 2017 when the Royal Canadian Mint changes the designs of all five of Canada’s coins.
To celebrate 150 years since Confederation, the Mint is hosting a design competition to replace the historic icons on the faces of each coin, meaning the beaver, loonie, polar bear, moose and Bluenose ship will be on sabbatical until 2018.
Earlier this year, the Mint opened up the contest to designers across the country, and has now narrowed down the submissions to five finalists for each coin. The categories for inspiration asked the illustrators to design a coin based on “Our Passions”, “Our Wonders”, “Our Achievements”, “Our Character” and “Our Future”.
Some of the final designs include images of a snowman, a campfire, a canoe and other iconic Canadian images. A special category, “Our Future” is designated for submissions only from Canada’s youngest designers and is about “the future of Canada through the eyes of our Children” according to the Mint. It will appear on the 25-cent coin.
The Mint received over 10,000 submissions from every province and territory and the final designs were selected by a team of notable Canadians, including Colonel Chris Hadfield, Rick Hansen, Craig and Marc Kielburger, Joannie Rochette and others.
Voting is now open until October 9, 2015 at www.mint.ca/Canada150. Check out all of the final designs below and read more about them on the official website.