TORONTO, August 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Royal Canadian Mint pays tribute to one of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen with a new $1 commemorative circulation celebrating the life and artistic legacy of from Canada own Oscar Peterson. Nicknamed “the man with four hands” by the great and admirer of jazz Louis ArmstrongOscar Peterson has risen to the top of the music world with more than six decades of electrifying piano performances and unforgettable compositions such as Hymn to freedom, blues study and The Canadiana Suite. The coin was unveiled today in front of family and friends gathered in from Toronto Roy Thompson Hall, a step well known to Mr. Peterson. It will start circulating on August 15thto coincide with his birthday.

“The Mint is passionate about celebrating the stories of exceptional Canadians on its coins and I am thrilled that Oscar Peterson, the first Canadian musician to be featured on a circulation coin, is being celebrated as one of jazz’s most respected artists. and most influential in the world of all time. ,” said Mary Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Mr. Peterson’s legendary music and performances have brought joy to millions of music lovers around the world. Canada and around the world, and we are proud to honor him with this coin for his outstanding contributions to Canadian music and culture. »

The Oscar Peterson commemorative circulation coin was designed by the artist Valentine De Landroaccomplished comic artist, illustrator and cartoonist of Ajax, Ontario. His design features Oscar Peterson at the piano, his hands in full swing, from which emerges a flowing musical scale showing two closing bars of his famous Hymn to freedom. Mr. Peterson’s name completes the design.

“Throughout Oscar’s career, he received many awards and honours, each of which meant a great deal to him. In the nearly fifteen years since his death, there have been others. “All a lesson in humility. All a source of pride. The addition of this commemorative circulation coin of his likeness is something that neither he nor I could have imagined,” said Kelly Peterson. “Knowing that Canadians today, and for generations to come, will hold this coin and remember Oscar Peterson or be inspired to learn more about him for the first time evokes emotions that are difficult to describe. I am deeply, deeply honoured. Oscar was a great pianist and composer. He was a strong advocate for human rights. Above all, he was always a proud Canadian. Because his music is timeless, he will now be part of the Canadian consciousness forever.

Having grown up in Little Burgundy, the neighborhood that was the center of from Montreal black community, Oscar Peterson was taught by his father and older sister Daisy the value of a musical education at a young age. Raised on the classics, he quickly mastered the piano and honed his craft through popular music to become one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of all time. In a career spanning over 60 years, he made over 400 recordings and his famous Oscar Peterson Trio performed around the world. He has won eight Grammy Awards and was inducted into from Canada Music Hall of Fame in 1978. First nominated for Juno Awards in 1977, he won Best Jazz Album, as The Oscar Peterson Four, in 1987. He was also named a Companion to the Order of Canada Fire wall Ramon Hnatyshyngovernor general of Canada.

In 1962, he composed Hymn to freedom, which became an anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement whose musical and social influence continues to resonate today. His Canadian Suite was an epic and moving tribute to the country he loved and always called home.

The impact of Oscar Peterson’s work and life story transcends generations: inspiring countless artists who have themselves become musical icons, and always attracting new generations to his music and art. . Many music schools and scholarships have been founded in his honor. Mr. Peterson died in 2007 at the age of 82.

“When I was a child, traveling the world with my father, I remember being curious about the figures of the currency of each country. It was an opportunity to learn more about the history of the place where I was visiting. One thing that has always been important to me is that as Canadians we take the time to explore our history – all of its aspects,” said Céline Peterson. “Knowing that Canadians at home and all those visiting from abroad will have the opportunity to learn about a tremendous figure in our nation’s history in the palm of their hand, brings me immense joy My father received this recognition from the Royal La Canadian currency is something I never thought I would imagine because to me he is and always will be dad.”

The Oscar Peterson circulation coin is limited to a mintage of three million coins, two million of which feature a purple accent, Oscar Peterson’s favorite color. It will reach Canadians throughout their change as bank branches and businesses replenish their stocks of $1 circulation coins.

Colored and uncolored circulation coins can be purchased together as part of a Collector Keepsake six-coin set. They are packaged in a richly illustrated collector’s card that contains one coin of every coin currently in circulation, from five hundred at two dollars. Other collectibles that add to the celebration of Oscar Peterson’s legacy include special rolls of 25 a dollar circulation coins, in colored and uncolored versions, as well as 1 oz. fine silver and pure gold versions of the circulation coin design.

These collectibles can be ordered today by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 at Canada1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at They are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint Ottawa and Winnipeg boutiques, as well as through the Mint’s global network of merchants and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of from Canada circulation coins. The Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of high quality, specialist coinage products and related services internationally. To learn more about the Royal Canadian Mint, its products and services, visit Follow the Mint on Twitter, Facebook and instagram.

Images of the circulation coin and related collectibles are available here.

For further information, media are asked to contact: Alex Reeves, Senior Director, Public Affairs, Phone: 613-884-6370, [email protected]

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