“Lucky Loonie” Commemorates Canadians at the London Olympics
By A Correspondent
Deepak Obhrai, Member of Parliament for Calgary East and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on July 19 unveiled the Royal Canadian Mint’s “Lucky Loonie,” a commemorative coin to mark Team Canada’s participation in the London Olympics.
The coin, unveiled at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, will serve as a good luck charm for Canadian athletes competing in London at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"Our Government will soon join Canadians from coast to coast to coast as they cheer on our athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Obhrai. "The 2012 Lucky Loonie is yet another way to demonstrate our pride in Team Canada's dedication and hard work in training for these Games."
Obhrai was joined in the launch by Shelly Glover, M.P. and officials from the Mint.
The 2012 Lucky Loonie circulation coin features the iconic loon as it spreads its majestic wings while sitting on rippling Canadian lake waters. Designed by artist Emily S. Damstra, the coin also features the Canadian Olympic Team logo, in celebration and support of Canada's athletes. Five million 2012 Lucky Loonies have been produced and will enter into circulation beginning today. Canadians are encouraged to look for the coin in their change.
Photo shows Deepak Obhrai, M.P. with Mark Tewksbury (centre), Canada’s Chef de mission for the 2012 Summer Olympics Games, and Shelly Glover, M.P., at the unveiling.