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Coin news - new coin from Royal Canadian Mint glows in the dark!

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A new $2 coin from Royal Canadian Mint which glows in the dark is the world's first luminescent general circulation coin, issued as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.

The design, which shows a canoe on a waterway in Boreal Forest and the glowing Northern Lights, was the winning entry in the Royal Canadian Mint's My Canada, My Inspiration competition, which invited coin designs from young people across the nation, with the winning entries voted for by Canadians. The other coins in the set of five feature Canada's national railway system, a maple leaf peace coin, a coin featuring Canada's Algonkian people, and a 'green future' coin.

Royal Canadian Mint has announced that the glow in the dark coin, designed Timothy Hsia of Richmond, British Columbia, will also be the first colored bimetallic coin produced in the world - and once it goes into circulation, an average of one in ten Canadians should receive one of the glow in the dark $2 coins in their change.

For more information on the coin, or to order the special Canada 150 souvenir coin pack, visit the Royal Canadian Mint website.

For coin news, features and auction results, read Stamp & Coin Mart magazine.

(Image copyright Royal Canadia Mint)

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