Canada: 2000 Polar Bear with Cubs


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 2000
Composition: Outer Ring 99% nickel, Inner Core 92% copper 6% aluminum and 2% nickel
Diameter: 28 mm
Weight: 7.3 grams
Total Mintage: 29,880,000
Obverse Design: Bust Design
Reverse Design: Animal Design


To celebrate the new millennium the Royal Canadian Mint issued a special circulating two-dollar coin officially titled “Path of Knowledge” to represent the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next though thanks to its reverse design it is also referred to among collectors as the Polar Bear with cubs.

The polar bear and cubs design appeared on all 2000 two-dollar coins produced for general circulation. In 2000, the traditional single 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 Tony Bianco, features a female polar bear and her two cubs. Just below the design are the designers initials “TB” while on the outer periphery is the word (in English & French) “KNOWLEDGE” and “Le Savoir”.

Obverse Reverse

Market Notes

All coins are readily available and affordable.

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