The mint says the coin will feature an “innovative technology that has given the $2 circulation coin a bold new look.” It did not provide details of what that technology is or how the coin will look.
However, a Government of Canada document does provide a text description of the coin. According to the document, it will feature an image of the late queen on its inner core, as depicted by artist Susanna Blunt.
The coin will also reportedly have a black outer ring. On the reverse of the inner core will be a “polar bear standing at the edge of an ice floe surrounded by water and other ice floes,” according to the document.
A public coin exchange will be held at the mint’s boutiques on Dec. 7 and 8 in Winnipeg and Ottawa. It is not clear yet how many of the coins will be produced or whether they will enter regular circulation.
Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8, 2022, at 96 years old. She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history, ruling for over 70 years. She has been succeeded by her son, King Charles III.