The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new two-dollar circulation coin today. Canada's new toonie honours the heroic Canadian soldiers who landed in Normandy, France 75 years ago, an event that significantly improved the allies foothold in Germany and ultimately led to the liberation of Western Europe. The commemorative toonie was revealed Monday at the Moncton Garrison, home to one of the 13 Canadian regiments that landed at Juno Beach on D-Day.

The coin was designed by Canadian artist Alan Daniel, who created the toonie to convey several different aspects of the landing at Juno Beach. The reverse of the coin depicts the anticipation faced by Canadian soldiers approaching the beach, on June 6, 1944. The coin’s outer ring features ships and aircraft showcasing the scale of the massive naval operations that help support the troops as they took part in the largest seaborne invasion in military history.  

The two-dollar coin enters general circulation today. According to the Mint, Canadians will begin to see the circulation coin over the coming months. The Mint will also host several pubic coin exchanges at its boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as other locations across Canada.

Here's what the new coin looks like:

Back in April, the Mint celebrated 50 years of progress for LGBTQ2 rights by releasing a commemorative coin to honour the Canadian historic milestone. The coin was revealed on April 23rd during a ceremony in Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village.

The coin came with an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the announcement of a $145 million federal budget, $110 million of which was used to compensate former civil servants who faced discrimination for being gay. About $15 million will be put towards education, reconciliation efforts and plans for memorialization.

Canada’s new ten-dollar bill, which features beloved Nova Scotian activist Viola Desmond, won The International Bank Note Society honour of best Bank Note of 2018.

Desmond, a Canadian Black Nova Scotian businesswoman, became famous in 1946 after she took a stand against racial segregation while at a movie theatre. Desmond refused to leave the theatre's white-only section and as a result faced a number of criminal charges for her actions. She made a great sacrifice, which ultimately led to a ground-breaking change in race relations in Nova Scotia.

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