Canada already has some of the most unique currency in the world: nearly indestructible, waterproof bills and a one-dollar coin. What’s next, glow-in-the-dark change? Well actually, the Royal Canadian Mint thought that would be a great way to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary of confederation.
Introducing the glow-in-the-dark toonie — the first of its kind on earth, which is now in circulation throughout Canada.
Sure, they glow-in-the-dark and are, therefore, easier to find if misplaced at night or in a dark space, but functionality aside, how cool is it that the country’s currency has this feature?!
The coin’s glow was made through a “new pad-printed process and a new ink formulation containing luminescent material,” explained a spokesperson from the Royal Canadian Mint.
It’s pretty handsome in the light too.
Day 157 – Toonie Tuesday June 6, 2017 – A tourist at work today wasn’t sure what any of our coins were so she held them out and had me take out what she needed to pay for her bill. I saw this toonie in there and obviously went with this immediately. After seeing a commercial for these new toonies I also discovered that the Northern Lights glow in the dark! Awesome! #canada150 #toonie #canadian #auroraborealis #northernlights
The limited-edition toonie’s northern lights scene, designed by Timothy Hsia and his brother Stephen from B.C., was selected by the public during a national contest. The coin also happens to be the first coloured, bimetallic coin in the world.
But this toonie isn’t the only coin to get the glow-in-the-dark treatment. The Canadian Mint has previously released other collectible coins that are just as lit (there’s even a coin that glows in the dark featuring a downhill skier); however, the toonie’s the first one to be released into circulation.
There are three million of these special coins available, so you might want to start paying for things with cash if you want one.