2016 Lucky Loonie
Designed by artist Derek C. Wicks
My name is Derek C. Wicks and I am the artist that designed the 2016 Olympic Lucky Loonie national circulation coin for the games in Rio, Brazil.I am a resident of Simcoe living in Moonstone, On, for over 15 years and I am a professional artist. This PR release to give you a little more info on the coin and its production and inspiration. Please feel free to contact me for detailed information at the number listed above or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website at www.derekwicks.com. Below you will find basic info on myself and the coin design plus the official PR release by The Royal Canadian Mint.
The following is a post from my Facebook page and gives a good synopsis of the loon creation and its inspiration.
“I grew up in the Children’s Aid for most of my adolescence (10-16), so my country fed me, clothed me and educated me, so to speak. It goes without saying that I love my country more then words can say for all it has done for me. Today the Royal Canadian Mint released the new one dollar coin, the “Lucky Loonie” for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. I have to say a tear came to my eye seeing my work on actual circulation currency of the country I owe so much too. I have won many awards, none of them hold as much weight as the pride I have today for this honour. As most Canadians know the Lucky Loonie is a tradition for each olympics. For all my other friends in the world the Loonie is the name of our one dollar coin and the Lucky Loonie is a coin minted for each Olympics to bring our athletes luck at the games. The first Lucky Loonie was embedded in the ice at the 2002 Salt Lake City games and has become a Canadian tradition and the symbol of national pride ever since. I am told that this is the first year that ‘Lucky Loonie’ will be engraved on the coin. When I designed this coin I wanted to create a surge of energy and power, just like our athletes will do during the Rio games. A rush of water and a dynamic posture give the loon, one of our national symbols, the sense of take off to soar to new heights. The maple leaf was placed to create a feeling of a draping cloak symbolizing that the whole country is behind our athletes.”
Royal Canadian Mint press Release
TORONTO, ONTARIO – July 1, 2016 – The Royal Canadian Mint is paying tribute to all
Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Summer Games by launching the 2016 Lucky Loonie, Canada’s latest commemorative circulation coin. The coin was part of the celebration program at the Canadian Olympic Beach Party held at Toronto’s Woodbine Beach in honour of Team Canada.
“The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be another chapter in our country’s rich sporting history and the Government of Canada is delighted that the Royal Canadian Mint has issued the 2016 Lucky Loonie to capture all the pride and excitement of the Games,” said he Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance. “The growing tradition of the Lucky Loonie is a great way for Canadians to show our athletes that there is a 35 million-strong team cheering them on in Rio”.
“The 2016 Lucky Loonie is a wonderful keepsake that will circulate to millions of Canadians to celebrate the achievements of our athletes competing at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games,” said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “By collecting this special circulation coin, Canadians can express their own pride in Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Teams, and capture
the memory of Canada at the Rio 2016 Games.”
In what is now a legendary tale, a Loonie was buried at centre ice prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City to bring good luck to Canada’s gold medal-winning men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. The Mint has since produced a Lucky Loonie circulation coin for each subsequent Games. Each member of the Canadian team will receive a 2016 Lucky Loonie upon their arrival in Rio.
The reverse side of the circulation coin shows the image of a common loon on the water, poised for take-off with its arched body and outstretched wings. The addition of a stylized maple leaf in the background symbolizes Canadian pride. Designed by Ontario artist Derek Wicks, the coin also features the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team logos.
Five million 2016 Lucky Loonies have been produced and are entering into circulation as of today. Canadians are encouraged to look for the coin in their change or visit www.mint.ca/ luckyloonie to order a pack of five uncirculated Lucky Loonies (while quantities last).