07/20/2012 12:00 EDT | Updated 09/18/2012 05:12 EDT

2012 Lucky Loonie: Royal Canadian Mint Honours Olympic Athletes With New Coin

CALGARY - The Royal Canadian Mint has issued its latest commemorative circulation coin, the 2012 Lucky Loonie.

The coin was unveiled Thursday at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.

It will serve as a good luck charm for Canadian athletes competing in London at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In what is now a legendary tale, a Loonie was buried at centre ice prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City to bring good luck to Canada's gold medal-winning men's and women's hockey teams.

The mint has since produced a Lucky Loonie circulation coin for each subsequent games.

The 2012 Lucky Loonie circulation coin features the iconic loon as it spreads its majestic wings while sitting on rippling Canadian lake waters.

Designed by artist Emily S. Damstra, the coin also features the Canadian Olympic Team logo.

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