The Royal Canadian Mint has invited Canadians to vote online for designs to be included on Canada’s 2017 circulating coinage.
The mint solicited design submissions from the public as part of its “My Canada, My Inspiration” contest, launched in the run up to Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration in 2017. The contest brought in over 10,000 entries from all over the country, with each image aiming to thrive in one of the following categories: “Our Wonders,” “Our Character,” “Our Achievements,” “Our Passions,” and “Our Future,” which was reserved for children 12 years of age and younger. Royal Canadian Mint employees and experts then whittled down the submissions to five finalists for each category.
The winning designs will be featured on Canada’s 2017-issue 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent, 1 dollar, and 2 dollar coins.
Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Sandra Hanington expressed her appreciation for the enthusiastic response of the Canadian public. “I was delighted and impressed by the artistic talent shown by Canadians in their design submissions for the coin design contest,” she said in a press release. “The next phase of the contest now lies in the hands of the public who will choose what designs best represent our country and the Mint looks forward to these circulation coins being released during Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017.”
Voting will continue through October 9. The 25 finalists can be viewed at the Royal Canadian Mint’s Web page; voting is restricted to legal residents of Canada.