Canada has a long and proud history of paying tribute to our important historical events by immortalizing them on our coins. Unlike the U.S.A., we do not put heads of state on our coins, but instead other national symbols.
Canadians are obviously familiar with these symbols, and the meaning and history behind them. But to those living outside of Canada, they may find it fascinating, ridiculous and peculiar to see maple leaves, a Bluenose schooner, beaver, caribou, the Canadian Coat of Arms, loons, and polar bears on our regularly circulated coins. If you are curious about the history behind Canada’s coins, you can read a little bit about each on the Royal Canadian Mint’s website.