Canada is planning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of suffrage with a
circulating commemorative dollar coin in 2016.
During World War I, some women in Canada were finally allowed to
vote, and in 1919 all women over the age of 21 gained the right to
vote in a federal election.
Canada’s government celebrates the anniversary with several
commemorations, including the coin.
Women in Manitoba became the first females allowed to vote in 1916,
after five years of lobbying from activists like Nellie McClung, who
was one of the premier leaders in the fight for women’s suffrage in
The reverse of the coin will feature a woman and child, circa 1916,
the woman proudly casting a ballot while the child looks on, according
to a description of the coin available from the notice by the
government of Canada authorizing the coin. RCM officials have not
stated whether the image is intended to represent a particular person
or is generic in nature.
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The reverse will also carry the standard lasermark maple leaf, the
artist’s initials LM (perhaps indicating Laurie McGaw), and legend
WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE in English and in French translation.
The obverse of the coin will feature the common Susanna Blunt effigy
of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as statutory inscriptions indicating
the nation of issue, denomination and other information.
No mintage figure or release date is available from the Royal
The Canadian dollar measures 26.5 millimeters in diameter and weighs
6.27 grams. It is struck from multi-ply plated steel.