Coin Mock-Up: Canadian Voyageur Dollar (The ORIGINAL Design)
A Photoshop mock-up of what the Canadian circulation dollar coin was supposed to look like (a "Canoey"???). The Voyageur design first appeared on circulation silver dollars in 1935, and later on large nickel (no silver) circulation dollars from 1968 to 1986. In 1986 or 1985, a year or two before the introduction of the current dollar coin depicting the common loon (the "Loonie", 1987), a new dollar coin of same size, shape and composition as that of the "Loonie" but with an image of the Voyageur from previous circulation nickel dollar was supposed to be released for general circulation. However, the dies were lost in transit as they were being shipped to the minting facility in Winnepeg. To prevent fraudulent minting of currency, a back-up design featuring the common loon was used, and new dies were made. In the spring of 1987, the new golden dollar coin was released.