New Issue: Mint makes big impression with five-kilo silver coin

The Royal Canadian Mint is taking further steps in celebrating Canada’s heritage with a collection of new coins in its latest numismatic catalogue.

With its newest ultra-high relief five-kilogram Fine silver coin, the Mint has paid an unforgettable tribute to Canada’s West Coast Haida culture and one of its greatest artists, Charles Edenshaw. This coin recreates the mythical lion figure which prominently adorns his classic 1882 argillite box carving.

Other large-scale celebrations of Canada include a one-kilogram $250 Fine silver coin featuring a selectively gold-plated engraving of the Canadian Coat of Arms as well as a five-ounce “Big Coin Series” issue. Just in time for the celebration of Canada 150, the 2017 Big Coin Series will celebrate the iconic 1967 centennial designs of Alex Colville beginning with the flying Canada goose which graced the $1 coin.

CHANGING OF THE SEASON

A number of new coins remind us that fall has returned. Canada’s beloved NHL teams take to our neighbourhood rinks and streets with a new $10 Fine silver “Passion to Play” coin series featuring seven distinct scenes of youth hockey pick-up games superimposed with the team logo of each Canadian NHL city. These lively scenes by artist Silvia Pecota stand out in rich colour applied to the textured engraving of each coin.

Other colourful coins celebrating our new season include the $20 Fine silver coin, “Autumn Tranquility,” by artist Tony Bianco; the $250 pure gold coin, “Maple Canopy: Kaleidoscope of Colour,” featuring the work of Emily Damstra; and a 99.999 per cent pure gold creation, “The Canada 150 Iconic Maple Leaf,” featuring the Walter Ott design of the Sugar Maple leaf, which has graced the Mint’s family of bullion coins since 1979.

Other coins available in the Mint’s October catalogue include:

  • the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “A Royal Tour,” featuring a full-colour photograph of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children;
  • the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “Second World War Battlefront Series: The Battle of Hong Kong,” featuring the dramatic artwork of Joel Kimmel;
  • the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “The Colourful Wings of a Butterfly,” designed by artist Bonnie Ross and featuring the Mint’s first-ever agate embellishment;
  • the 2017 $20 Fine silver coin, “Brilliant Birch Leaves with Drusy Stone,” designed by Tony Bianco;
  • the 2017 $3 Fine silver coin, “The Spirit of Canada,” by artist Steven Hepburn;
  • the 2016 $200 pure gold coin, “Tall Ships Legacy: HMS Discovery,” commemorating the 225th anniversary of its exploration of Canada’s west coast in a design by artist Neil Hamelin;
  • the 2017 $20 Fine silver coin, “Glistening North: The Polar Bear,” illustrated by artist Glen Loates;
  • the 2017 $20 Fine silver coin, “The Bold Black Bear,” designed by Pierre Leduc;
  • a $150 18-karat gold and $15 Fine silver coin, both dated 2017 and designed by artist Aries Cheung, in celebration of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Rooster;
  • the square-holed 2016 $200 pure gold coin, “Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang,” featuring the artwork of Charles Vinh;
  • the 2017 $20 Fine silver coin, “Weather Phenomenon: Fiery Sky,” whose sunset landscape by Tony Bianco comes to life through a new invisible black light effect;
  • the 2017 $20 Fine silver coin, “Snow-Covered Trees,” featuring a Venetian glass tree adorning a winter scene designed by artist Tony Bianco;
  • the 2017 $10 Fine silver coin, “Celebrating Canada’s 150th: Great Blue Heron,” featuring Claude Belanger’s photograph of an idyllic New Brunswick shoreline;
  • the 2016 $20 Fine silver coin, “Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles;” and
  • the crystal-enhanced 2016 $5 Fine silver coin of the Birthstone Series for the month of November.

For more information, visit mint.ca.

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