Track legend Oscar Peterson turns into first Black Canadian featured on a movement coin

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Track legend Oscar Peterson turns into first Black Canadian featured on a movement coin


Canadians will quickly have the ability to elevate a work of nationwide track historical past of their wallets with the release of a coin commemorating mythical jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a one-dollar movement coin Thursday honouring the overdue Montreal artist.

Mint president and CEO Marie Lemay says Peterson is each the primary Black Canadian and the primary musician to be featured on a movement coin.

The Mint is issuing 3 million cash depicting Peterson, know as “the person with 4 arms,” taking part in the piano.

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His widow, Kelly Peterson, says the representation additionally contains the overall notes of his 1962 composition, “Hymn to Freedom,” which was once embraced as an anthem of the civil rights motion.

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The coin will get started circulating on Aug. 15 to coincide with Peterson’s birthday.

Pianist and composer Thompson Egbo-Egbo paid tribute to Peterson with a distinct efficiency on the unveiling in Toronto.

Born in Montreal in 1925, Peterson is extensively considered one of the vital predominant jazz pianists of his technology, successful a large number of Juno and Grammy Awards over his 60-year occupation.

He was once inducted into the Canadian Track Corridor of Reputation sooner than loss of life of kidney failure in 2007 on the age of 82.


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