Extreme relief, new shapes and novel coin enhancements are among the stand-out features of the Royal Canadian Mint’s October releases.
Just in time for the start of a new NHL season, the Mint has introduced a $50 Fine silver coin, “125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup,” which is the first-ever Stanley Cup-shaped coin crafted in three ounces of 99.9 per cent pure silver. The most sought-after trophy in professional hockey is reproduced in detail in a reduced-scale replica that offers sports memorabilia collectors a keepsake like no other.
14-PIECE PUZZLE COIN
Continuing with the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the Mint has created a 14-piece Fine silver puzzle coin dubbed “Canada 150.” Designed by Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, the puzzle features a central coin showcasing Parliament Hill’s famous Peace Tower and Eternal Flame surrounded by an outer ring of 13 pieces each displaying the coloured coat of arms of every Canadian province and territory.
Soapstone, a favourite medium of indigenous Arctic sculptors, also makes its debut on the 2018-dated $50 Fine silver coin, “Polar Bear Soapstone,” which was designed by artist Dave Zachary. A three-dimensional sculpture adorns a five-ounce silver coin representing an ice floe surrounded by blue-enamelled Arctic waters. The hand carving of each polar bear makes every coin a unique work of art.
OTHER OCTOBER COINS
Other new collectibles include:
- the 2017 pure platinum set (a Royal wedding anniversary commemorating the 70th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with maple leaf and royal monogram designs by Marie-Élaine Cusson);
- a 2018-dated $30 Fine silver coin, “Golden Maple Leaf,” which is enhanced by a three-dimensional 18-karat gold leaf over a design by artist Michelle Grant;
- a $20 fine silver coin, “Majestic Maple Leaves with Drusy Stone,” designed by Lisa Thomson Khan;
- a $20 Fine silver coin, “Canada: Protecting Our Future,” featuring a hologram-enhanced Corinne Hunt design in the tradition of aboriginal Pacific Northwest culture;
- a $30 Fine silver coin, “Animals in the Moonlight: Great Horned Owl,” designed by Curtis Atwater and featuring glow-in-the-dark technology;
- a $15 Fine silver coin, “Great Horned Owl,” with a striking enamel highlight of the airborne predator’s eyes which also glow in the dark, also designed by Curtis Atwater;
- a $20 Fine silver coin, “From Sea to Sea to Sea: Pacific Salmon,” designed by Tony Bianco;
- a $30 Fine silver coin, “Endangered Animal Cutout: Whooping Crane,” featuring a design by artist Trevor Tennant;
- a 2018-dated $20 Fine silver coin, “Ice Crystals,” enhanced by blue sparkle enamel on a snowflake design by artist Don Komarachka;
- a 2018-dated $2,500 pure gold coin, “Lunar Lotus: Year of the Dog,” which is designed by Three Degrees Creative Group;
- a 2018-dated $15 Fine silver coin, “Year of the Dog,” designed by Aries Cheung;
- a $50 Fine silver coin, “DC Comics Originals: All Star Comics,” featuring the work of various artists from the “Golden Age of Comic Books”; and
- the double crystal-enhanced $3 Fine silver coin of the zodiac series for the month of November (Scorpio), designed by Pandora Young.
For more details, visit mint.ca.