The legend of Canada’s “Lucky Loonie” will live on for another
Though the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro will take place far away
from the ice where Canada’s 2002 victory in the Winter Games in Salt
Lake City helped create the legend, the Royal Canadian Mint will again
celebrate the Games with a circulating commemorative dollar coin.
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The 2016 Lucky Loonie was unveiled July 1 (Canada Day) at the
Canadian Olympic Team Beach Party in Toronto on Woodbine Beach. The
2016 coin pays tribute to all Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes
competing in the Rio 2016 Summer Games.
The Luckie Loonie
The tradition began more than 14 years ago. In what is now a
legendary tale, a Loon dollar was buried at center ice prior to the
2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City to bring good luck to
Canada’s gold medal-winning men’s and women’s ice hockey teams.
Following the teams’ success, the RCM has produced a Lucky Loonie
circulation coin for each Olympic Games since 2004.
Each member of the Canadian team will receive a 2016 Lucky Loonie
upon arrival in Rio.
The reverse of the 2016 circulation coin shows the image of a common
loon on the water, poised for take-off with its arched body and
outstretched wings. The addition of a stylized maple leaf in the
background symbolizes Canadian pride.
Designed by Ontario artist Derek Wicks, the reverse of the coin also
features the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team logos.
The obverse carries the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
And these coins are in
general circulation in Canada?
Yes. Five million 2016 Lucky Loonies were released into circulation.
All of the coins are exclusive to Canada because of licensing
agreements and issues with the Olympics. Collectors in other countries
will not be able to buy the coins directly from the Royal Canadian Mint.
Canadians are able to purchase one five-coin pack of the coins at
face value, plus shipping and handling, through the RCM website.
In addition, the RCM offers a limited number of 25-count rolls in
special wrapping. In total, 52,000 rolls are available for $49.95 Canadian.
A colorized Proof .9999 fine silver version (weighing 7.9 grams and
measuring 26.5 millimeters in diameter, the same specifications as a
circulating version) is also available. The silver version features
the Olympic and Paralympic logos in full color. It has a mintage limit
of 15,000 pieces and retails for $39.95 Canadian.
Another related coin is the Proof Celebrating Canadian Athletes
.9999 fine silver dollar, which features a montage of Olympic and
Paralympic Team athletes in action, in a design by Three Degrees
The Celebrating Canadian Athletes coin weighs 23.17 grams and
measures 36.07 millimeters in diameter. It has a mintage limit of
10,000 pieces and retails for $79.95 Canadian.
To learn more about all of these coins, visit a dedicated
page at the RCM’s website.