The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a 10-ounce silver creation “that takes coin design to bold new depths” with a double-concave surface that varies in thickness by 12 millimetres.
The product of advanced testing by the Mint’s research and development lab, the 2019-dated $100 Fine silver double-concave coin “Nature’s Grandeur: Brown Bear” measures 16 mm at its edge and only four mm at its centre. Artist Denis Mayer Jr. depicts an imposing brown bear in its natural habitat on a deeply contoured surface of the immersive scene.
The obverse features Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, which achieves a similar effect.
The coin is enclosed in a double-concave capsule to give collectors the full scope of its dramatic and unusual shape. It’s limited to a mintage of only 500 coins and retails for $999.95.
OTHER DECEMBER COINS
Closing out the Mint’s year are five other collectibles, including:
- a 10-ounce selectively gold-plated 2018-dated $100 Fine silver coin, “Keepers of Parliament: The Lion,” featuring artwork by Patrick Bélanger;
- a 2019-dated $20 Fine silver coin, “Canada’s Historical Stamps: Coat of Arms and Flags Special Delivery”;
- a 2019-dated $30 Fine silver coin, “Zentangle Art: The Big Horn Sheep,” featuring artwork by Jori Van Der Linde;
- the final two issues of the Frank Polson-designed 2018-dated $3 Fine silver coin series The Thirteen Teachings, “Big Spirit Moon” and “Little Spirit Moon”; and
- a new crystal-enhanced series showcasing the 12 zodiac constellations of the calendar year, starting with the 2019-dated $5 Fine silver coin, “Zodiac: Capricorn,” also designed by Linde.
For more information, visit mint.ca.