Canada to Release $1 Coin Celebrating 50 Years of LGBT Decriminalization

The Royal Canadian Mint announced that it will be releasing a very special new $1 coin that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. The coin is expected to be released sometime later this year to coincide with Pride. So far, the Mint is keeping the final design mum, to maximize the impact of the brand-new coin.

The coin remembers the change in law that took place in 1969 when then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau introduced amendments to the Criminal Code and famously said “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”

His son, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, approved the new coin last December.

What is known is that the Mint was asked to describe a “… stylized rendering of two overlapping human faces within a large circle, the left half of the left face in front view and the right face in profile facing left, the two faces forming one whole face in front view composed of two eyes with eyebrows, a nose, a mouth and two ears with a small hoop earring on the left ear …” It will also feature the word “equality” written in both English and French. [PN]

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