• 1 Dollar 2019, Canada, Elizabeth II, 50th Anniversary of the Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Canada, Equality
  • 1 Dollar 2019, Canada, Elizabeth II, 50th Anniversary of the Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Canada, Equality
Description

Over the last five decades, Canada has made significant strides in becoming a more inclusive society, guided by a belief in diversity, equality for all and the right to live free from discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics.

Our 2019 EQUALITY circulation dollar is a special celebration of the commemoration of diversity, and the journey to inclusion; of the freedom to love and be loved, a journey that continues to this day. It was a 1969 Act of Parliament that marked the initial milestone on the journey to equality for LGBTQ2 communities by decriminalizing homosexual acts between two consenting people of 21 years or older.

Obverse

Fourth portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, when she was 77 years old, facing right and surrounded by the inscription.

Below is the Canada 150 logo. The logo is composed of a series of diamonds, or “celebratory gems”, arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more points—in total representing the 13 provinces and territories. Created by Ariana Cuvin from Toronto, Ontario, the logo was the winning design in a nation-wide competition.

Dei Gratia Regina (often abbreviated to D. G. Regina and seen as D·G·REGINA) is a Latin title meaning By the Grace of God, Queen.

Engraver: Susanna Blunt

ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA
SB

Reverse

The reverse image is a celebration of community, equality and inclusion. The intertwined stylization invites a personal interpretation of the design, viewed through the lens of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. The facial traits intentionally reflect gender fluidity and the spectrum of genders; they may belong to two individuals, or they may represent different aspects of one's identity.

The maple leaf security feature is positioned over hopeful rays of light, while the bilingual words "EQUALITY" and "ÉGALITÉ" are engraved on two curved bands. The reverse includes the word "CANADA", the double dates "1969" and "2019" to mark the 50 years since the process of decriminalizing homosexuality in Canada began, and the "DOLLAR" face value.

Engraver: Joe Average

1969 C A N A D A 2019
EQUALITY ÉGALITÉ
JA
DOLLAR

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Brass Plated Steel
Weight 6.27 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Thickness -
Shape polygon
Sides 11
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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