Another month, another catalogue of coins from the Royal Canadian Mint.
This month, the Mint continues to creatively expand its numismatic repertoire with material that innovates and preserves time-honoured craftsmanship. This is seen with two Mint firsts: a 2017-dated $20 Fine silver coin, “Under the Sea: Seahorse,” features a Mint-first “murrini” (a coloured glass seahorse sculpture fused inside a round glass bead); and the 2017-dated Fine silver coin, “Nature’s Adornment,” features the Mint’s first-ever niobium embellishment of an iridescent dragonfly silhouette hovering over an aquatic landscape.
The “Nature’s Adornment” coin, which was illustrated by Emily Damstra, has a weight of 31.39 grams; a 38-mm diameter; and a mintage of 6,000 pieces. For more information about this new issue, watch the video below.
Other highlights include the 2017-dated Fine silver Maple Leaf Quartet designed by artist Celia Godkin. This collection of four square-shaped coins fit together like pieces of a puzzle to create a mosaic of an iconic maple leaf. The quartet has a mintage of 7,500 units; a weight of 47.4 grams; a 27-mm-by-27-mm diameter; and a face value of $12 ($3 for each square). For more information about the Maple Leaf Quartet, watch the video below.
The Mint is also rekindling its tribute to the cultural celebration of Diwali: The Festival of Lights, with a duo of Fine silver and pure gold coins designed by artist Sarindar Dhaliwal. Both of these one-ounce coins combine Hindu, Sikh and Jain symbols with the beloved maple leaf to create a distinctly Indo-Canadian celebration of this important cultural festival.
The Mint is also kicking off its latest celebration of the Chinese Lunar Year with the 2017 $15 Fine silver coin – “Lunar Lotus: Year of the Rooster” – designed by Three Degrees Creative Group.
Other coins available in the Mint’s latest release include:
- the one-kilogram 2016 $2,500 pure gold coin, “The Arms of Canada;”
- the 2016 $15 Fine silver coin, “National Heroes: Military,” designed by Ken Ryan;
- the 2017 $10 Fine silver coin, “Celebrating Canada’s 150th: Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove,” featuring Dale Wilson’s photograph of the famed Nova Scotia landmark at dawn;
- the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “Aircraft of the First World War Series: Curtiss H-12,” designed by David A. Oram;
- the 2017 $20 Fine silver coin, “Landscape Illusion: Pronghorn,” illustrated by Julius T. Csotonyi;
- the 2016 Fine silver Big Coin Series, “Two Dollar Coin;”
- the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “The Benevolent Bison,” featuring the work of artist Doug Comeau;
- the 2017 25-Cent pure gold coin, “Predator vs. Prey: Inuit Arctic Fox,” designed by Andrew Qappik;
- the 2017 $20 Fine silver coin, “Snowflake,” featuring a magnified view of an ice crystal designed by Don Komarechka, rendered in blue glitter enamel;
- the 2017 pure gold Maple Leaf Fractional Set, “A Celebration of Canada (1867-2017),” featuring reverse designs by artist Lisa Thomson-Khan;
- the 2016 25-cent coin, “Haunted Canada: Bell Island;”
- the 2016 $200 pure gold coin, “Star Trek: Delta Coin;”
- the 2016 $10 Fine silver coin, “Star Trek: Spock;”
- the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror;”
- the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “DC Comics Originals: THE DARK KNIGHT;”
- the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “DC Comics Originals: THE TRINITY;”
- the crystal-enhanced 2016 $5 Fine silver coin marking October in the Mint’s ongoing Birthstone Series; and
- the 2016 Holiday Gift Set.