July 28, 2016 – The Royal Canadian Mint was saddened to learn of the passing of Robert-Ralph Carmichael on Saturday, July 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Mr. Carmichael was the artist who designed Canada’s celebrated one-dollar coin.
In 1987, one-dollar banknotes in Canada were replaced by the new one-dollar coin. The coin was instantly dubbed the Loonie after the solitary loon that graces the coin’s reverse side; the nickname caught on and Canadians have embraced it ever since. Mr. Carmichael’s Loonie design has stood the test of time due to its simplicity in depicting an icon of Canadian wildlife.
The introduction of the one-dollar coin in 1987 was the most significant change to Canada’s coinage system in over 50 years. Since the time, Mr. Carmichael’s design has appeared on over 1 billion one-dollar coins. We thank him for his remarkable contribution in creating what has become a true Canadian symbol.
We express our sincere condolences to Mr. Carmichael’s wife Gwen Keatley, and to his family and friends.
You can find information about Robert-Ralph Carmichael on Wikipedia.
You do not know, what a loon is? This website offers plenty of videos and photos dedicated to the Common Loon (Gavia immer).
Did you ever want to see the world through the eyes of a loon, try this link.