CALGARY, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to issue Canada's latest commemorative circulation coin, the 2012 Lucky Loonie. The coin, which was unveiled today at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, will serve as a good luck charm for Canadian athletes competing in London at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"Our Government will soon join Canadians from coast to coast to coast as they cheer on our athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Deepak Obhrai, Member of Parliament for Calgary East. "The 2012 Lucky Loonie is yet another way to demonstrate our pride in Team Canada's dedication and hard work in training for these Games."
"Canada is once again fielding a strong and skilled team for London and the Mint is proud to honour them with a special coin that is a reflection of their talent and commitment to being the best," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "To wish them luck as they represent Canada, each member of the Canadian team will receive a Lucky Loonie upon their arrival in London."
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 hockey teams. The Mint has since produced a Lucky Loonie circulation coin for each subsequent Games.
The 2012 Lucky Loonie circulation coin features the iconic loon as it spreads its majestic wings while sitting on rippling Canadian lake waters. Designed by artist Emily S. Damstra, the coin also features the Canadian Olympic Team logo, in celebration and support of Canada's athletes. Five million 2012 Lucky Loonies have been produced and will enter into circulation beginning today. Canadians are encouraged to look for the coin in their change.
"I encourage all Canadians to show their support by adding the 2012 Lucky Loonie to their collection of keepsake coins," said Shelly Glover, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface. "Join us in showing our athletes in London how proud we are of them and that we wish them the best of luck."
To learn more about the Lucky Loonie, please visit www.mint.ca/luckyloonie.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint's history, its products and services, please visit www.mint.ca.
Lucky Loonie images are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint
Image with caption: "From left to right: Deepak Obhrai, MP (Calgary East); Mark Tewksbury, Canada's Chef de mission for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games; Ian E. Bennett, President, Royal Canadian Mint; Shelley Glover, MP (Saint Boniface) and David Legg, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee unveil the 2012 Lucky Loonie circulation coin at Canada's Sport Hall of Fame in Calgary (July 19, 2012). (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120719_C9307_PHOTO_EN_16351.jpg