Commemorative Collector Keepsake (2021) – Discovery of Insulin

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In 2021, our $2 Discovery of Insulin circulation coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of a Canadian innovation that has saved millions of lives. You’ll find two different versions of the $2 commemorative coin in this seven-piece keepsake set: a selectively coloured piece and a non-coloured version. Packaged alongside five other denominations issued in 2021, these uncirculated circulation coins come ready to view and display in a keepsake collector card that celebrates a Canadian medical breakthrough.

Designed by Canadian artist Jesse Koreck, the reverse is double dated (“1921 2021”) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a Canadian medical innovation. The discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto is represented by a maple leaf and traditional symbols: an early insulin vial, an Erlenmeyer flask, a mortar and pestle. The inner core shows insulin in monomeric form, which is highlighted in blue on selectively coloured coins, while the depiction of the hormone at work in the bloodstream extends onto the outer ring. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Special features:
  • A SCIENTIFIC CENTENNIAL: In 2021, Canada’s $2 circulation coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of Canada’s greatest contributions to medical research: the discovery of insulin in 1921.
  • SEVEN COINS IN ONE SET! Your Commemorative Collector Keepsake includes seven (7) Canadian circulation coins issued in 2021:
    • 5-cent coin
    • 10-cent coin
    • 25-cent coin
    • $1 coin
    • $2 coin
    • struck-only $2 commemorative circulation coin
    • coloured $2 commemorative circulation coin
  • TWO $2 COINS! With this set, your collection will proudly include two different versions of the 2021 $2 Discovery of Insulin coin. Both coins share the same design, but the coloured edition features a touch of blue that highlights insulin on the 100th anniversary of its discovery. Blue is the colour that globally represents diabetes awareness.
  • PACKAGED WITH CARE! All seven coins are packaged in a ready-to-display collector card that adds to the story told on the $2 coins.
  • A SPECIAL CONNECTION! Celebrate a Canadian innovation that has had a global impact! Chances are, you or someone you know has a connection to this discovery, which has saved the lives of countless people worldwide.
  • PROUDLY CANADIAN! On the reverse of the $2 coin, the maple leaf behind the laboratory equipment proudly identifies this discovery as a Canadian medical breakthrough and a towering scientific achievement.
  • IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS! The $2 coin’s reverse design conveys energy and hope. The story on the inner core moves from the laboratory (right) to the isolation of insulin (left), while the depiction of insulin regulating blood glucose levels extends onto the outer ring.
  • SECURITY FEATURE! Also on your $2 coins, the engraved maple leaves serve a dual purpose as both a symbol of Canada and a cutting-edge security feature that ensures the coin’s authenticity.

Your coins come packaged in a custom collector card, complete with colourful visuals and information that add to the story told on the $2 coins.