The toonie is turning twenty.
Canada’s two dollar coin is marking its 20th anniversary on Friday, after being first introduced on February 19, 1996 by Public Works minister Diane Marleau.
Since then, almost 883 million of the coins have entered circulation.
The toonie features the image of a polar bear on one side, and like all other current Canadian circulation coins, has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the other.
The discontinued two-dollar bill was less expensive to manufacture, but each bill lasted on average only one year.
Toonies, on the other hand, are estimated to last 20 years.
The introduction of the toonie followed the successful introduction of the $1 “loonie” coin in 1987.
The Canadian Mint abandoned plans for a possible $5 coin to replace the $5 bill a decade ago, after a government-commissioned poll found almost no support for such a move, despite the savings to be had.