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2001 Canadian $2 Polar Bear Toonie Coin (Brilliant Uncirculated)

Item: #2001$2BU    |    Mfr: Royal Canadian Mint    |   #2001$2BU




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2001 Canadian $2 Polar Bear Toonie Coin (Brilliant Uncirculated)

Face Value: $2
Mintage: 11,910,000
Composition: Outer ring of 99% nickel and inner core of 92% copper, 6% aluminum and 2% nickel
Weight (g): 7.3
Diameter (mm): 28
Finish: BU

The 2-dollar coin was first introduced on February 19, 1996, to replace the 2-dollar bill. The 'Toonie' has a life span approximately 20 times longer than paper currency and is manufactured using a distinctive bi-metallic coin locking mechanism patented by the Royal Canadian Mint.


The 2-dollar coin, or 'Toonie', as Canadians have named it, is a bimetallic coin with aluminum-bronze centre featuring an adult polar bear on an early summer ice floe designed by wildlife and landscape artist Brent Townsend. The gold-coloured centre is set within a nickel outer ring. When introduced in 1996, the two-dollar circulation coin depicts the crowned portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Canadian artist Dora de Pedery-Hunt.

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