The Royal Canadian Mint has just released its first-ever coloured loonie to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter.
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Loonie marks signing of UN charter
Published 2:32 PDT, Thu October 29, 2020
Canada was among 51 nations who in 1945 signed a treaty to establish a new world body.
That was 75 years ago, and this week the Royal Canadian Mint released its first-ever coloured loonie to celebrate the signing of the United Nations Charter.
The treaty had four fundamental goals: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war; champion human rights; foster respect for international law and treaties; and promote social progress.
“Seventy-five years ago, Canada was one of the original signatories to the charter that created the United Nations and we are proud of our leadership within this institution to make our world more just and peaceful,” said the Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of International Development. “As the mint’s special $1 coin circulates from coast-to-coast-to-coast, the Government of Canada hopes it will stand as a symbol of the continuing importance of the United Nations, and of our nation’s enduring belief in international cooperation.”
“The mint is proud to celebrate Canada’s history, culture and values through coins that find millions of Canadians and we are pleased to share the important story of Canada’s role in founding the United Nations 75 years ago,” said mint president Marie Lemay. “We are honoured and excited to shine a bright light on a moment when founding members of the United Nations chose to move forward with a promise of international cooperation, peace and security by colouring a one-dollar circulation coin for the very first time.”
Two million coloured coins were released this week with a red maple leaf and olive branches in the same shade of blue as the United Nations flag. There is also an uncoloured version limited to one million coins.
To see the special coin, click here.
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