|In personal collections
|Launched November 1, 2011
Outer ring: 99+% Ni - Inner core: 92% Cu, 6% Al, 2% Ni
The two-dollar circulation coin celebrating Canada's boreal forest coincides with the United Nations declaration of 2011 as the International Year of the Forest.
The boreal forest is the world's largest ecosystem, which covers over half of Canada's landmass, from New Brunswick to the Northwest Territories and Yukon. As depicted through artistic interpretations of different tree species on the reverse of this circulation coin, the boreal forest landscape is defined by coniferous and hardy deciduous trees adapted to long winters and short growing seasons.
Some 15% of our total population – including 80% of members of Canada’s First Nations – live within the boreal forest, along with countless species of flora and fauna.
Our boreal forest’s size and qualities as a habitat make it an indispensible resource for the conservation of Canadian wildlife: its soil absorbs and holds more carbon per hectare than any other ecosystem in the world. By keeping carbon dioxide – a harmful greenhouse gas – from escaping into the atmosphere, our boreal forest plays an important role in protecting our global environment and preserving habitats for living beings everywhere.
|A right facing bust of HRH Queen Elizabeth II in the copper-nickel centre of the coin. The outer nickel ring reads D. G. Regina to the right. The date below. and Elizabeth II to the left.
|The copper-nickel center displays an artist interpretation image of three varieties of tree of deciduous and evergreen trees that make up the boreal forest. Above the deciduous tree is a dove. To the left of the trees is a human standing on a hill that the three trees are situated on. To the left within the centre are the words "Boreal Forest" and to the right are the words "Forêt Boréale"
On the outer ring are the words "Canada" on the top and "2 Dollars" on the bottom.
|Bi-metallic Nickel (ring) and Aluminum-Bronze (center)
|Canada - Royal Canadian Mint
|plain and reeded in segments
|Nolin BBDO Montreal (re) Susanna Blunt (ob)
*what it means?
|F $2.00 VF $2.00 XF $2.00 UNC $23.95