2012 to Date Edge Lettering
When the new security features were added to the two dollar coins in 2012, Edge-lettering of the words "CANADA" and "2 DOLLARS" were engraved along the coin's outer edge.
They are stamped into each coin by a separate press, so there is no way to control which side faces up as each coin enters the press.
As a result there are two varieties of each coin.
- With the Type A edge the edge lettering is right side up when the obverse is showing:
- With the Type B edge the edge lettering is right side up when the reverse is showing:
Some 2 dollar coins with edge lettering show signs of bumps in the obverse or reverse above or below the edge letters. The following graphic explains the origin of these "bumps":