On April 1 1999 the Canadian map had been redrawn for the first time in 20 years with the creation of the newly formed territory of Nunavut. To commemorate the occasion, a special two dollar coin was made with a new reverse design and this design appeared on all 1999 two-dollar coins produced for general circulation. In 1999, the Polar Bear design appeared only in a limited number of special coin sets produced for the collector market.
The obverse design features a bust image of Queen Elizabeth II and the phrase "ELIZABETH II D.G. REGINA".
The reverse, designed by Germaine Arnaktauyok, features an Inuit drum dancer with his drum bearing an outline map of Nunavut. A stone lamp is depicted inside the map, serving as a source of warmth, providing a sense of security and representing a beacon of hope for the future of Nunavut.
All coins are readily available and affordable.