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B.C. doctor’s coin design chosen for new toonie

The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled five 2017 coins produced to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Dr. Timothy Hsia, from Richmond, was one of five winners of the ‘My Canada, My Inspiration contest.”

Thousands of designs were submitted to the contest, but Hsia was a crowd favourite.

Simultaneous unveiling ceremonies unfolded in the communities of each winning coin designer, the work of Hsia, which will grace the reverse (or tails) side of the 2017 two-dollar circulation coin.

<who> Photo Credit: Royal Canadian Mint.

"The northern lights are a true Canadian wonder, one that all Canadians from sea to sea can appreciate and call their own. To me, this radiant light display embodies Canada's unity and beauty," said Hsia. "I titled my design 'Dance of the Spirits' after how the Cree people attribute the northern lights to the special moment when the spirits manifest themselves, dancing, to the human eyes and minds below.

“I am thrilled that so many fellow Canadians share this sense of wonder I feel for Canada and her glorious nature."

Hsia’s Dance of the Spirits shows a pair of paddlers in front of the Aurora Borealis.

On March 11, 2015, the Mint launched a national contest inviting the public to create new designs for a 2017 circulation coin series celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary from five theme perspectives: Our Wonders, Our Character, Our Achievements, Our Passions, and Canada's Future.

After the public cast over one million online votes, Hsia's design won the popular vote among five finalists in the running for the coin celebrating Our Wonders.

Each 2017-dated coin revealed today will be in circulation next spring.

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