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Coining wildlife

A shiny new collector coin, designed and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, will feature an image of a praying mantis by Robert Ganz of Montréal, the grand prize winner of the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest. The collector coin is a unique facet of a partnership between The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Mint.

A poster inserted in this issue of Canadian Geographic and Géographica, our French-language sister publication, presents milestones in the Mint’s 103-year history and shows how our coins reflect what it means to be Canadian. A thematic module at The Canadian Atlas Online explores the geography of coins, including the Mint’s role in producing coins for domestic and world markets. How Canada’s geography and history are represented on coins is the focus of several lesson plans in a new series for middle-school teachers (lesson plans available online at The Canadian Atlas Online).

— Monique Roy-Sole

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