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Canada issues dollar for UN 75th anniversary milestone

Colorful and plain circulating 2020 dollar coins from the Royal Canadian Mint mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

The United Nations was born 75 years ago, in the rubble of war.

The milestone anniversary is the subject of the Royal Canadian Mint’s new circulating commemorative dollars for Canada, one of the 51 original member nations of the organization. 

In 1945, those nations, including Canada, signed a treaty to establish a new world body with four fundamental goals: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war; champion human rights; foster respect for international law and treaties; and promote social progress.

Mark history, make history

This is the Royal Canadian Mint’s very first colorful circulating dollar coin; a plain version was also released.

The reverse, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Canada’s signing of the United Nations Charter, was designed by Westport, Ontario, artist Joel Kimmel. 

In a nod to the UN logo, a world map within an olive branch wreath is paired with a maple leaf to symbolize Canada’s commitment to the UN and its values. This central design is framed by a 1945–2020 double date and the words UN CHARTER and CHARTE DE L’ONU along the edge.

Two million colorful coins, with a red maple leaf and olive branches in the same shade of blue as the United Nations flag, entered circulation beginning Oct. 22. The circulating plain version is limited to 1 million coins. 

The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt in 2003.

In addition, the RCM has issued an annual year set of 2020 coins, with Uncirculated versions of all five standard designs, from 5-cent piece to the $2 coin, and both plain and colorful versions of the new UN dollar.  

The set has a product limit of 100,000 and retails for $22.95 Canadian.

To order, visit a special page at the RCM’s website, www.mint.ca/victory.

Final job finished for Lockwood Park for 2018

Lots of great improvements were made to Lockwood this year, including the new stage and the basketball court.  The court took three kicks to get it right!  After the court was finished to our specs, a keen basketball player suggested adding another 7′ to its length creating a full half court.  We agreed and he volunteered to do the concrete pad.  Amazing.  This past week the final work was completed when the fence was built.  Thank you Josh Doornekamp, Frank Huth, Joel Kimmel and the rest of the 2014-2018 Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Public Works Supervisor Peter Evans.

Remember, no tax dollars have been used for the improvements to the park.  Lockwood Foundation gave a generous grant 4 years ago that required matching dollars to be fund raised by the Village.  And the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and others did it!   Fantastic Team!  Thank you.

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Congratulations to Westport artist, Joel Kimmel, who’s sketch lands on Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding coin

reproduced from Paula McCooey, Ottawa Citizen, 

“While Joel Kimmel may not be attending the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, the Ottawa-born illustrator’s connection to the soon-to-be royal couple will be forever etched in history.

The artist was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to sketch the couple’s image for the commemorative coin that was launched Wednesday, 10 days before the much-anticipated wedding, which will be held at St. George’s Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Kimmel, 37, who lives in Westport, has sketched more than 25 images for the Mint. He spent the better part of the winter working on the special collector coin. As the snow fell, Kimmel began the creative process in his quintessentially Canadian backyard studio — once a canoe repair shop — and sketched the image inspired by the couple’s official engagement photo, using both pencil and paper and a digital drawing program on his tablet.

“I can mimic different styles of brushes, different media, so I can have a brush in Photoshop that looks like a paintbrush, that can act like a piece of chalk,” said Kimmel, who graduated from the Sheridan College illustration program.

The end result is a sparkling fine silver coin that features a depiction of the couple, edged with maple leaves intertwined with roses and escallop shells from Prince Harry’s coat of arms; as well as three Swarovski crystals to represent the couple’s three-stone engagement ring: a diamond sourced from Botswana and two side diamonds from the personal collection of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The reverse side of the coin features an effigy of the Queen by artist Susanna Blunt.

Kimmel was pleased with the final engraving.

“It’s beautiful. I’m very impressed with it. The portraits of Harry and Meghan are fantastic, even Harry’s scruffy beard comes across well. There is a really nice finish on the coin and the crystals really sparkle. It’s exciting to see,” said Kimmel, who also designed the packaging.”

Well done, Joel.  So proud of you!