A Venetian glass snowman is one of several new collector coins launched today by the Royal Canadian Mint.
The 99.99 per cent fine silver coin features an original winter scene including a three-dimensional Venetian glass snowman created by master glass makers in Murano, Italy, Vio col vetro.
Designed by Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi, an RCM release states the coin’s outdoor evening scene centres around an adorable glass snowman with an orange carrot nose, red buttons, a black top hat, and a green scarf. The snowman sits on a gently sloping snow-covered yard. To the left of the snowman is an evergreen tree decked out with mult-coloured ornaments, white garland, and bright lights.
A pair of old-fashioned skates lies at the base of the tree. In front of the snowman and tree, a gently curving ice path leads to a warmly lit, snow-covered log cabin on the right side of the image. Across the path from the snowman, the corner of a wood bench is visible under a heap of snow where a red mug of cocoa has been left behind. The scene, which looks uphill toward the night sky beyond the horizon, is dotted with bare deciduous trees and glimmering crystalline snowflakes falling from the sky.
With a face value of $20 dollars, the coin retails for $149.95.
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