Sydney, 2022-08-11 04:50:00. Oscar Peterson celebrates a dollar coin
Canadians will soon be able to carry a piece of national music history in their wallets with the launch of a coin commemorating legendary pianist Oscar Peterson.
The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled, Thursday, a circulating one-dollar coin in honor of the late Montreal artist.
Mint President and CEO Mary LeMay says Peterson is the first black Canadian and the first musician to appear on a circulating coin.
The mint is issuing three million coins depicting Peterson, known as “The Man With Four Hands,” playing the piano.
His widow, Kelly Peterson, says the illustration also includes the final notes from his 1962 author, “Hymn to Freedom,” which has been adopted as an anthem for the civil rights movement.
Circulation of the coin will begin on August 15, coinciding with Peterson’s birthday.
Pianist and composer Thompson Egbo-Egbo paid tribute to Peterson for a special performance at the unveiling ceremony in Toronto.
Born in Montreal in 1925, Peterson is widely regarded as one of the most prominent jazz pianists of his generation, winning numerous Juno and Grammy Awards over the course of his 60-year career.
He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame before he died of kidney failure in 2007 at the age of 82.
This report was first published by The Canadian Press on August 11, 2022.
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