Canada – 2020 2 Dollars Bill Reid Colored – B.UNC
- Bimetallic composition: brass-plated aluminum bronze center and nickel-plated steel ring
- Weight: 6.92 g
- Diameter: 28 mm
- Thickness: 1,75 mm
- Shape: Round
- Edge: Ribbed
- Die Axis: ↑↑
Number of circulation coins minted
- 2 dollars 2020 – Bill Reid Coloré : 2 000 000
“On July 28, 2020, the Royal Canadian Mint is releasing two new $2 circulation coins (including one in red and black coloring) to honor Bill Reid (1920-1998). Grizzly bear, a recurring subject in Reid’s paintings, sculptures and jewelry, occupies the reverse of this new commemorative coin. We are delighted to honor Bill Reid’s crucial role in promoting Haida art and the traditions and culture it represents. This coin joins a long list of circulation coins that celebrate our Canadian pride. Millions of Canadians will witness the power and beauty of Bill Reid’s art through the coin in their pocket.” –Marie Lemay, President of the Royal Canadian Mint
Bill Reid (1920-1998) is a Canadian artist who worked mainly in sculpture, engraving and jewelry. His mother being of Haida descent, Bill became interested in his Native American heritage at a very young age and thus became a member of the K’aadasga Kiigawaay Wolf and Raven Clan of T’aanuu. In 1988, at the age of 68, he painted the face of a Haida Grizzly Bear on a ceremonial drum belonging to the Sam family, natives of Ahousat on Flores Island, British Columbia. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Bill Reid’s birth, the Haida Grizzly will be featured on the reverse of the $2 coin in 2020. The work was then adapted into screen prints to benefit Artists For Kids Trust, an academic art gallery that fosters the development of a community rich in artistic culture.
Canada Post also decided to honour our Canadian artist by issuing a 90 cent stamp called The Spirit of Haida Gwaii on April 30, 1996.
Elizabeth II (2003 to this day)
Susanna Blunt, a Canadian artist, creates the most recent effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the Latin inscription ELIZABETH II D G REGINA. A reminder to the effigy of Her Majesty’s father (1937-1952), that of George VI, who also chose to be represented without a crown.