The Royal Canadian Mint has issued Canada’s latest commemorative circulation coin, the 2014 Lucky Loonie. The coin was unveiled Jan. 11, 2014, at the Canadian Olympic Team’s Sochi Block Party event in Banff
“The 2014 Lucky Loonie is a special keepsake to commemorate the achievements and talent and of Canada’s athletes as they compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Canadians can wish our athletes luck by keeping this special coin produced by the Mint as well as create a lasting memory of Canada’s participation at the Games.”
In what is now a legendary tale, a Loonie was buried at centre 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. The Mint has since produced a Lucky Loonie circulation coin for each subsequent Games. Each member of the Canadian team will receive a 2014 Lucky Loonie upon their arrival in Sochi.
The circulation coin features a familiar Lucky Loonie design of a loon spreading its majestic wings while sitting on rippling Canadian lake waters, bearing the year 2014. Designed by artist Emily S. Damstra, the coin also features the Canadian Olympic Team logo. Canadians are encouraged to look for the coin in their change or visit www.mint.ca/luckyloonie.