25 cents 1999 and 2000 Millennium Coins
By thecanadiannumismatist | Thursday, 19 October 2023
For the upcoming 21st century, the Royal Canadian Mint planned to issue special circulation coins to be released each month. The reverse designs, to replace the caribou, were selected from over 66,000 designs submitted by Canadians for the Create a Centsation! coin design contest.
25 cents 1999
The 1999 series were made to commemorate the last 1,000 years in Canada. The Mint established a broader relationship with Canada Post to distribute the circulation Millennium coins throughout over 7,000 postal outlets.
Canada Post has traditionally distributed only the Mint's numismatic products. This significantly expanded the breadth of distribution across the country, ensuring most Canadians had access to these coins.
The complete set was available in a sterling silver collectors' edition for about $150 or as a regular set for $25.
25 cents 2000
The selected 12 designs were made to express Canadians hopes for the new millenium. While the 1999 coins were labeled with their month of issue, the 2000 coins were labeled with the relevant theme.
Each circulating coins from 1999 and 2000 were 99.9% nickel
Sets and special editions
Celebrating our Future
The Celebration coin from the 2000 Millennium Sereies has been given a splash of colour to highlight Canada's Flag - a symbol that is embraced around the world. Bright, dazzling and full of energy, this coin captures the spirit of this dynamic nation.
The coin was designed by Laura Paxton of Thunder Bay, Ontario, one of over 66,000 Canadians who shared their hopes and dreams for the next millennium in the Royal Canadian Mint's Create a Centsation! coin design contest.
Mintage: 25 000 - Diameter: 23.88 mm - Composition: Nickel 99% min. - Weight: 5.050 g
Errors and varieties
Errors for these coins were largely studied by Patrick Glassford and many more were found. The most popular variety is the 2000 Community mule. it can be identified by the P on the obverse, under the queen. Around 5 examples only are known.
Price guide and values
Because most people kept several of these coins, the value, even if a set is complete, isn't very high. Some varieties, mostly rotated die, do have a premium.
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