Canada: 1996-Present Polar Bear 2 Dollar (Twoonie)


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1996-Present
Number of Types: 2
Composition: Outer Ring 99% nickel, Inner Core 92% copper 6% aluminum and 2% nickel
Diameter: 28 mm
Weight: 7.3 grams
Total Mintage: still in production
Obverse Design: Bust Design
Reverse Design: Bear Design


In 1996 Canada eliminated production of two dollar bill currency and replaced it with a two dollar coin. With the success of its sibling the “Loonie” (loon dollar), the new two dollar coin quickly adopted a similar nickname of “Toonie” or “Twoonie”.

The new two dollar coin had unique features never seen in circulating coinage. It was the first coin to feature a bimetallic composition with an outer ring of nickel and inner core of copper. Another feature The coin has is a unique electromagnetic signal which allows each coins to be accepted (to rejected) by certain machines such as vending, parking, transit, or coin counting machines.


The obverse design features a bust image of Queen Elizabeth II and the phrase "ELIZABETH II D.G. REGINA".

The reverse, designed by Brent Townsend, features a polar bear standing on a rock edge or iceberg edge while looking out onto a river with ice flow. In the corner of the design is the designer’s initials “BT”.

Obverse Reverse
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Coin Types

Type 1 Crowned Queen: 1990-2003
Type 2 Mature Queen: 2003-Present

Major Varieties

Variety 1 Queen 50 Year Jubilee: dual date 1952-2002
Variety 2 10th Anniversary of $2 Coin: dual date 1990-2003
Variety 3 Maple Leaf Logo: 2006-Present

Market Notes

All coins are readily available and affordable.

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