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New coin commemorates women's right to vote in three provinces

One-hundred years after Canadian women won the right to vote in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta provincial elections, the Royal Canadian Mint has released a special one-dollar circulation coin to commemorate the milestone.

The coin was unveiled on Tuesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

“As Canada joins the world today in celebrating International Women’s Day, the Government of Canada is delighted that the Mint has commemorated a milestone in the history of Canadian women with a special one-dollar coin recognizing the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote,” said Morneau.

“Canadians from coast to coast to coast should look for this coin and collect it as a reminder that equality endures as a fundamental value of Canadian society.”

A total of five-million coins will be available nation-wide as of Tuesday.

It features a 1916-era depiction of woman and child, with the woman casting a ballot as the child looks on.