The Royal Canadian Mint has just unveiled a new commemorative coin.
The new loonie is meant to mark what it calls a key milestone for the LGBTQ2 community. The one-dollar coin pays tribute to Parliament’s passing of legislation that initiated the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. The coin, which has already started circulating, combines the words “Equality-Egalite” and honours LGBTQ2 Canadiand and their allies who advocated for equal rights.
The coin was designed by Vancouver-based artist, Joe Average, whose early interest in drawing and photography led him to dedicate his life to his art when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1984. The design he created for the reverse of this coin is a stylized celebration of equality viewed through an LGBTQ2 perspective. The image of two intertwined faces reflects gender fluidity and the spectrum of genders and is left open to interpretation: they may belong to two individuals or they may represent different aspects of one’s identity.
You can learn more about the coin here.