new loonie

Canada just got a new loonie

Canada just got a new loonie, and it's here to celebrate. 

What it's celebrating is 50 years of progress for LGBTQ+ people in Canada. 

The coin, which comes in two versions, was revealed by the Royal Canadian Mint this morning, to commemorate 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in the country. 

The collector's edition of the coin is a large, almost pure (99.99 per cent) silver coin. It depicts two faces and a large, flowing rainbow. The image was designed by Vancouver-based artist Joe Average, who has dedicated the past several decades to queer art following an HIV diagnosis. 

The second version, which will go into circulation starting today, is the typical loonie-gold coin, worth $1. It features the same image, but in the gold colouring of every other loonie. 

But, the coin is not without controversy. Many critics of the move say it falsely paints a picture that equality has been achieved for all queer people. 

Despite this, the coin is now released nation-wide, and for sale on the Mint's website. Coin collectors, this could be the most colourful piece of your collection. 

Lead photo by

The Royal Canadian Mint


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Toronto is getting a massive new waterfront park with forest swings and zip wires

The history of the Union Station bus terminal in Toronto

People are already complaining of over-salting on Toronto streets and sidewalks

Three Ontario hunters fined $10,000 for shooting moose calf

John Tory pushes for work to start on Toronto's Waterfront Transit and Eglinton East lines

High Park in Toronto is turning into a muddy mess because of vehicles

Hundreds of people sign open letters urging Toronto to stop encampment evictions

Toronto cyclists call for tougher safety rules after 3 people killed in 2 months