2022 $1 Oscar Peterson Coloured & Non Coloured Coins
The 2022 Celebrating Oscar Peterson commemorative one-dollar coin reflects the pride Canadians feel for the legendary pianist whose love of music was evident in every performance. That sense of joy, and the powerful emotions conveyed through his music, are represented by a purple background.
Canada celebrates Oscar Peterson! Piano virtuoso. Jazz legend. Composer, educator and advocate. Celebrate the extraordinary life, work and legacy of Canada’s Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) and his exceptional contributions to Canadian music and culture, as well as his reputation as one of the world’s most respected and influential jazz artists of all time.
Symbolic colour! Features Oscar Peterson’s favourite colour: purple. The colourful accent infuses our tribute with a little of his personality, and conveys the joy and love of music that were evident in every performance.
Uncirculated coins! None of these coins have been circulated—they all have a newly minted quality.
Designed by Canadian artist Valentine De Landro, the reverse celebrates the life and legacy of Oscar Peterson (1925-2007), one of the greatest pianists of all time. It features a depiction of the musician seated at his piano, playing his powerful civil rights anthem Hymn to Freedom, while musical notes and chord symbols from that piece also appear in the design. On the $1 coin with selective colour, Peterson’s favourite colour (purple) conveys the joy and love of music that were evident every time he played. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.