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#Flag50: Royal Mint again treats CFL fandom’s numismatics

It’s hard to imagine the Canadian symbol being anything other than our red-and-white maple leaf flag. The iconic maple leaf is relatively young, though, having made its official debut on Parliament Hill on February 15th, 1965.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our flag, the Royal Canadian Mint has put a new 25-cent “#Flag50 coin” into circulation. The coin launched at Tuesday night’s Toronto Argonauts-Winnipeg Blue Bombers game at Varsity Stadium where fans had the opportunity to trade in 50 cents for one of these unique quarters.

And a freshly-minted 2015 loonie emblazoned with the new design was used for the opening coin flip as well.

This isn’t the first time the Canadian Football League and Royal Canadian Mint have teamed up to celebrate special a milestone in Canadian history. After all, the CFL is in the very fiber of our being.

In 2010, the Mint helped celebrate “100 Years of Rider Pride” with a commemorative Roughrider loonie and, in 2012, a special loonie to mark the 100th Grey Cup was released.

The #Flag50 coin was minted as part of the leadup to the 150th anniversary of Confederation celebrations, and they could show up in your change any day now. O Canada!

– written by Travis Currah