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Laurie McGaw's designs for coins introduced in Ottawa


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Portrait artist and illustrator Laurie McGaw has recently seen her designs engraved in the latest run of three special coins put out by the Royal Canadian Mint.


Last Friday, Ms McGaw accepted the federal government's invitation to Ottawa to participate in the launching of three new commemorative gold coins which acknowledge the Olympics coming to Vancouver in 2010.


Ms McGaw's contribution to these coins is the border of faces on the coins, each one of which otherwise carries a different centre. These centres were designed by artist David Craig. The faces were to include several nations, a variety of ages and both genders. Her name was put forward to the R.C.M. by an art consultant who negotiated between the Mint and the artists. To land the contract for the coins, it was necessary for Ms McGaw to produce a design in competition with other artists.



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