2012-current - Elizabeth II - Canadian 2 Dollars (Toonie)
The Canadian 2 dollar coin, commonly called the toonie, was introduced on February 19, 1996 by Public Works minister Diane Marleau. The toonie is a bi-metallic coin which on the reverse side bears an image of a polar bear by artist Brent Townsend. The obverse, like all other current Canadian coins, has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. It has the words "ELIZABETH II / D.G. REGINA" in a different typeface from any other Canadian coin; it is also the only coin to consistently bear its issue date on the obverse.
The coin is manufactured using a patented distinctive bi-metallic coin locking mechanism. The coins are estimated to last 20 years. The discontinued two-dollar bill was less expensive to manufacture, but on average each bill lasted only one year.
OFCC COIN NOTE:
(The OFFC List composition of 51% Nickel 46% Cooper 6% Aluminum)
This composition is based on the assumption of 50% outer and inner weight
Balance and composition – the 2-dollar coin
The 2-dollar coin, or 'Toonie', as Canadians have named it, features the image of an adult polar bear in early summer on an ice floe. It was designed by wildlife and landscape artist Brent Townsend. The 2-dollar coin was first introduced on February 19, 1996, to replace the 2-dollar bill. The 'Toonie' has a life span approximately 20 times longer than paper currency and is manufactured using a distinctive bi-metallic coin locking mechanism patented by the Royal Canadian Mint.
2012 - present
Composition: outer ring - multi-ply nickel plated steel, insert - multi-ply brass plated aluminum bronze
Weight (g): 6.92
Diameter (mm): 28
Thickness (mm): 1.75
Two laser marks of maple leaves, each within a circle, at the bottom of the coin's reverse
A virtual image of two maple leaves will appear at the top of the coin ? a different image is produced as the coin is turned from side to side.
Edge-lettering of the words "CANADA" and "2 DOLLARS" are engraved along the coin's outer edge.
2 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th portrait
Value 2 Dollars
Metal Bi-Metallic Brass plated Aluminium-bronze center in Nickel plated Steel ring
Weight 6.92 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Engravers Susanna Blunt (obverse)
Brent Townsend (reverse)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Edge Segmented reeding and incuse lettering
Position A - Edge lettering with Obverse on top
Position B - Edge lettering with Reverse on top