Royal Canadian Mint denies removing Frederick Banting from $2 coin

Started by eurocoin, June 09, 2021, 08:47:36 PM

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At the end of May several Canadian media outlets released an article in which there was claimed that the Royal Canadian Mint removed scientist and war hero Frederick Banting from a commemorative $2 coin that will this year be issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. According to the article, instead of the portrait the coin would now depict lab equipment. The article suggested that the decision to remove his portrait from the coin was related to cabinet policy first introduced in 2019 that addressed "colonialism, patriarchy and racism".

Following doubts about the accuracy of the article, questions about this were sent to a director of the Royal Canadian Mint. A reply of him was yesterday received. During the Royal Canadian Mint's Annual Public Meeting today, similar to a shareholders meeting, Royal Canadian Mint CEO Marie Lemay also seemed to take the matter very seriously and spoke extensively about it. A summary of both of the Royal Canadian Mint's statements can be found below:

The mint wishes to emphasize that there is a misunderstanding as to how this coin was designed. The Mint regularly consults external stakeholders to design coins that best tell the story of a given theme. And in the case of the discovery of insulin, we worked very closely with Banting House National Historic Site and Diabetes Canada. All parties agreed from the outset that the design should focus on the science behind the Canadian discovery of insulin, instead of the personalities of the four scientists who made it possible. Therefore, no one was ever removed from this coin.

We will share the full story of Frederick Banting, Charles Best, John Macleod and James Collip, as the key individuals who brought insulin to the world.  Our marketing campaign includes extensive storytelling content, which was also developed in collaboration with Banting House and Diabetes Canada, that will appear on and our social media platforms, as well as on the packaging of related collector products when we launch the coin in July.


Is this $2 coin supposed to be a ''circulation commemorative'' coin?

If yes, I am very surprised that it has not been announced in the Canada Gazette yet. (Checked a minute ago).
Commemorative coins made for actual circulation have thus far always been announced in the Gazette weeks, usually even months, before their issue date.


Yes, it will be a circulating commemorative coin. The gazette publication can be found here.


Quote from: eurocoin on June 10, 2021, 08:10:39 PM
Yes, it will be a circulating commemorative coin. The gazette publication can be found here.

Thanks for the link.  :)
I tried several times, using all sorts of word combinations, but I could and cannot not find that page.

Yet, I did find that the RCM wants to issue:
3 10 Cent circulation commemorative coins for the 100th anniversary of the Bluenose


2 $1 coins for the 125th anniversary of the Klondike gold rush



Interesting side note: Nicolae Paulescu had developed something called pancreine some time before Banting et al. later came up with insulin. Now Paulescu was extremely antisemitic ... but it seems that Banting too had his "issues" with Jews. Maybe that was the reason, or one of the reasons, why his portrait is not part of the design.