The 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is the subject of a new silver coin, just the second Canadian coin to use an achromatic hologram. The coin, unveiled in early October, shows an image of an unidentified Canadian astronaut floating above the Earth. The astronaut is anchored to a foot restraint on Canadarm2, which bears the Canada word mark. In the distance is the cloud-mottled blue surface of Earth, backed by the black depths of space. The hologram lends depth and movement to the design; the astronaut seems to float above the Earth. Achromatic holograms are unique in that they are only one colour, usually, as in the case of the coin, just black and white, and in high resolution. Continue reading →
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The numismatic market is crowded. This month, for instance, the Royal Canadian Mint has put more than 30 coins into the market, the exact number depends on if you count different variations of the same design. Now, I’m not picking on the RCM, because while they may be more aggressive than some other mints, they are not the only ones. In truth, I can’t think of a single coin issuing authority releasing fewer coins now than they were 20, or even 10, years ago.
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