Royal Canadian Mint Issues $2 Circulation Coin With Black Nickel Finish in Memory of Queen Elizabeth II

As 2022 draws to a close, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a $2 circulation coin featuring a black outer ring to honor Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s service to Canada during her historic 70-year reign. Dated 2022 and bearing all the design elements of a standard $2 coin, this new coin is distinguished by its black outer ring reminiscent of a mourning armband, echoing the loss felt by millions of Canadians upon the passing of their queen. The coin will begin circulating later this month.

“Queen Elizabeth II served as Canada’s head of state for seven decades and for millions of Canadians, she was the only monarch they had ever known,” said Marie Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Our special $2 circulation coin offers Canadians a way to remember her.”

This new coin features the traditional Brent Townsend polar bear design on the core of the reverse, as well as the Susanna Blunt effigy of Her Late Majesty on the obverse. While the metal composition of the coin remains unchanged, the outer ring is black. Click here for more information.

Nearly five million coins will enter the national coin distribution system in December and will begin appearing gradually as banks re-stock their $2 coin inventories. Additional volumes of the coin may be produced, depending on marketplace needs. The Mint also hosted public coin exchanges at its Ottawa and Winnipeg boutiques on December 7 and 8, 2022.

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About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. The Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high-quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit


  1. What a terrible looking coin. Could you not better for our beloved Queen.
    I won’t purchase any of these dreadful looking things.


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