Late last month, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a $5 Fine silver coin marking its attendance at the 2017 American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, which was held Aug. 1-5 in Denver, Co.
Two stately emblems—the iconic maple leaf and Colorado’s state flower, the Colorado blue columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)—are featured on the reverse of the 99.99 per cent silver coin. Designed by Canadian artist Jesse Koreck, this piece of botanical bullion depicts the blue columbine in full bloom towards the left side. Its slightly curved stem is loosely encircled by the petiole of a sugar maple leaf, whose deeply veined lobes and serrated edges are accentuated by the frosted finish against a brilliant background.
MICRO-ENGRAVED PRIVY MARK
Beneath the columbine, a micro-engraved privy mark celebrates the 2017 World’s Fair of Money as represented by the ANA logo and the engraved word “DENVER”. The reverse also features the engraved word “CANADA” while the obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
The coin has a weight of 31.39 grams and a diameter of 38 mm.