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One hundred years after the birth of the late Bill Reid (William Ronald Reid, 1920-1998), the legendary artist and advocate of Haida culture also known by the Haida name Iljuwas, the Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new $2 circulation coin honouring his ground-breaking contributions to contemporary Indigenous art.
Through his art, and by championing Haida causes and cultural traditions, Reid exposed people all over the world to the beauty of his culture, and helped inspire a new generation of Haida artists. His astounding body of work spans 1,500 different pieces ranging from jewelry to silk-screen prints, to the monumental carvings and sculptures for which he is most widely known. Some of his major works were featured on the Canadian $20 banknote of the Canadian Journey series (2004–2012).
Fourth portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, when she was 77 years old, facing right and surrounded with the inscription. A maple leaf above, country name and denomination below.
ELIZABETH II D·G· REGINA
Depicts Xhuwaji, Haida Grizzly Bear by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid on the inner core and extending onto the outer ring. On the top portion of the outer ring, two images of a maple leaf appear within the line pattern. A banner at the bottom of the outer ring bears the inscriptions "BILL" and "REID", while "2020" is centred between two security marks that consist of a maple leaf within another maple leaf.
BILL 2020 REID
CANADA * 2 DOLLARS *