The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City by issuing a commemorative two-dollar coin.
"I invite all Canadians to look for this commemorative coin in their change," said Ian E. Bennett, the Mint's President and CEO. "Six million of these coins will be put into circulation to be exchanged daily not only by Quebecers, but by Canadians throughout the country. This coin is a striking way to pay tribute to Quebec City's Heritage
, and to its significance in Canadian history. The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to join Quebec City's citizens and admirers in celebrating the 400th anniversary of this famous city."
This coin was officially unveiled to the public at the IIHF World Hockey Championship's "Fanfest" on May 7th, before the start of the game headlining France and Belarus. Notably present at its unveiling were Mint spokesperson V�ronique Cloutier, Marguerite Nadeau, Royal Canadian Mint Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary, Jean Leclerc, Chairman of the Quebec 400th Anniversary Corporation, as well as other public figures.
"There are few North American cities that can celebrate a past such as that of Qu�bec City. It is from the year 1608 that we truly started to become what we are today. Because the founding of Qu�bec City also marks the founding of Canada," said the Honourable Jos�e Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage
, Status of Women and Official Languages.