On today’s date in 1998, Canadian director James Cameron’s Titanic won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint featured the R.M.S. Titanic on three commemorative coins to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the colossal vessel.
The $10 Fine silver coin, designed by Yves Bérubé, depicts a finely detailed image of the vessel as it travels westward on its doomed maiden voyage, with the Atlantic Ocean shimmering in its wake alongside the iceberg that sealed its fate. Inscriptions on the coin include “CANADA”, the face value “10 DOLLARS”, the year-date “2012”, the words “RMS TITANIC” and the nautical coordinates at which Titanic sank, “41°44, 49°57”. With a mintage of 20,000, the hand-polished coin has a mirror-like Proof finish, a weight of 15.87 grams and a diameter of 34 mm.
Also designed by Yves Bérubé, the Proof 50-cent colourized coin depicts a different view of the ship, with the Atlantic glistening below in shades of blue. Inscribed is “CANADA”, the face value, the year-date, and “RMS TITANIC”. This coin has a mintage of 15,000.
The third coin, a specimen 25-cent coloured coin designed by Three Degrees Creative Group, depicts two scenes of the legendary vessel, each with varying colours. Inscriptions include “CANADA”, the face value and the years “1912-2012”. The Mint didn’t set an official mintage limit for this coin, instead offering it “while supplies last.”
The obverse of each coin depicts the traditional design – Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.