Designed to replace the $2 bank note, the new bi-metallic $2 coin was issued in February 1996. Featuring the polar bear, it continues the wildlife theme tradition preferred by Canadians.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Dora de Pedery-Hunt. This image appears on all Canadian circulation coins.
The reverse presents an adult polar bear in early summer, hunting along the edge of an ice flow in proximity of the coast. He is paused, frozen in hi tracks, concentrating on a distant movement of fresh scent.
Outer ring 99+% Ni; Inner core 92% CU; 6% AL and 2% Ni
Finish – brilliant and frosted relief on a linen textured background
Edge – interrupted serrations
Weight – 7.3g
Diameter – 28mm
Face value - $2
The $2 note is one of the last $2 bank notes printed for the Bank of Canada. It is part of the latest series introduced in April 1986 that features the theme of Canadian birds. The $2 notes of this series were first officially distributed on 2nd September 1986 and were intended to gradually replace those dated 1974.
The note face features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II updated and enlarges for this series, a small engraved vignette of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, and the Coat of Arms of Canada. The note bears the signature of Mr Gordon G Thiessen and Mr Bernard Bonin, Governor and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, respectively. The back features two robins against a stylised sky incorporating the word Canada.
The folder comes in a tri-panel cardboard presentation folder. The middle panel contains the $2.00 bank note in a hard plastic case. The coin is in the final panel and the folded folder slides into a nicely designed slip cover case.