The designer of the Canada 150 $1 coin will be attending the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show to autograph and meet informally with collectors.
The Canada 150 loonie, entitled Connecting Canada, was designed by Wesley Klassen, of St. Catharines, Ont. His entry was selected by the Royal Canadian Mint as part of a contest open to all Canadians last year to enter designs for the 2017 Canada 150 circulating coins.
Klassen said he had two inspirations; a love of trains, and the $2 coin commemorating Sir John A. Macdonald.
“It started with a love of trains,” he told Canadian Coin News (CCN). “The coin got me to thinking about how Macdonald created the national railway. Then I added in scenes from my boyhood vacations.”
The design shows two trains, and landmarks such as Lion’s Gate Bridge, a prairie grain elevator, the CN Tower, Quebec City’s Chateau Frontenac, and an East Coast lighthouse.
Klassen will be present from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 to sign a special commemorative card featuring the $1 coin, available for purchase from show organizers.
For more details on this event, please visit www.stampcoinshow.com.