Seller: mahin888 (21,150) 99.7%, Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 312659721562 Description: LADIES & GENTLEMEN,THE PICTURES ARE A SAMPLE PIC AND YOU WILL RECEIVE THE COIN SIMILAR TO SHOWN IN THE PICTURES.The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled Canada’s newest loonie today. The Royal Canadian Mint partnered with Vancouver-based artist Joe Average to design the new gay loonie… On April 23, the Royal Canadian Mint marked 50 years of progress in the journey to equal rights for LGBTQ2 Canadians with the release of the $1 “Equality” circulation coin. The new coin has been met with celebration from some and protest from some historians and community advocates who have pointed out that the 50-year “milestone” is a myth and that Canada still enacts barriers for many members of the community. “For the past 50 years and beyond, Canadians have fought for their right to love, marry, start a family and live openly as their most authentic selves,” said Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre as the coin officially went into circulation. “The Equality coin recognizes their triumphs and encourages all of us to build a better, more inclusive Canada – because like the coin itself, the more equality we have in Canada, the richer we all are.” “Today is an important day for the LGBTQ2 community, and for all Canadians, as this commemorative coin enters circulation,” said Randy Boissonnault, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues. “It is an opportunity to reflect on a landmark event in our country’s history, and a reminder of the progress still to be made as we work toward inclusion and equality for all LGBTQ2 Canadians.” The Royal Canadian Mint partnered with renowned Canadian artist Joe Average to design the new gay loonie. Average is a Vancouver-based artist whose early interest in drawing and photography led him to dedicate his life to his art when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1984. The design he created for the reverse of this coin is a stylized celebration of equality viewed through an LGBTQ2 perspective. Average says the image of two intertwined faces reflects gender fluidity and the spectrum of genders and is left open to interpretation: they may belong to two individuals or they may represent different aspects of one’s identity. The reverse includes the words “EQUALITY” and “ÉGALITÉ” on two curved bands, as well as the double dates “1969” and “2019” to mark 50 years since the process of decriminalizing homosexual acts was initiated in Canada. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt, in use on Canadian coins since 2003. The new coin commemorates 50 years since Canada took the first step towards decriminalizing homosexualiIt features the art of Vancouver-based Joe Average, along with the word ‘equality’ in both English and French and the dates 1969 and 2019. "Today is an important day for the LGBTQ2 community, and for all Canadians, as this commemorative coin enters circulation," "It is an opportunity to reflect on a landmark event in our country's history, and a reminder of the progress still to be made as we work toward inclusion and equality for all LGBTQ2 Canadians." This new ‘Equality’ loonie commemorates an important step towards equality for all Canadians. 50 years later, we reflect on the progress we’ve made, and are reminded of the work that still lies ahead. 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