New collector coins evoke themes of summer wonder, adventure and history
The Royal Canadian Mint is stirring up a storm with the launch of the new catalogue of collector coins, including 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Weather Phenomenon Series: Summer Storm. It uses a new technological effect which produces a life-like flash of lightning bolts when viewed with an ultra-violet flashlight that is included with the coin. Canadian artists Tony Bianco and Arnold Nogy have captured an iconic Canadian summer landscape; that of a lone eastern white pine bent over by the winds on a rocky island on Georgian Bay being struck by two bolts of lightning.
Another head-turning coin released is the world’s first to combine colour and glow-in-the-dark paint with a borosilicate art coloured glass. The 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – The Universe evokes the feeling of wonder and amazement of staring up at the night sky. The coin, designed by Canadian artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay, depicts the Mont-Mégantic Observatory nestled in the forest underneath a clear summer night sky. Each coin is unique because no two hand-made borosilicate glass inserts are the same.
The Mint has also launched several other new coins and final additions to a number of series:
- The 2015 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Adventure Canada: Whitewater Rafting (#2 in the series), by artist Ken Ryan;
- The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Imposing Alpha Wolf and the 2015 $350 Pure Gold Coin – Imposing Alpha Wolf, both by artist Maurade Baynton featuring a striking design conveying the strength and beauty of the wolf;
- The 2015 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Colourful Songbirds of Canada: Violet-Green Swallow (#5 in the series), by artist Derek C. Wicks;
- The 2015 $125 Fine Silver Coin – Conservation Series: The Whooping Crane (#1 in the series), by Canadian artist Luc Normandin;
- The 2015 50-Cent Pure Gold Coin – Sea Creatures: Lobster designed by Emily Damstra;
- The 2015 $3 Fine Silver Coin – 400th Anniversary of Samuel de Champlain in Huronia, designed by Laurie McGaw;
- The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – The Canadian Home Front: Canada’s First Submarines during the First World War, designed by Yves Bérubé;
- The 2015 5-Ounce Fine Silver Coin – Big Coin Series 50-Cent Coin, designed by Thomas Shingles;
- The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Forests of Canada: Columbian Yew Tree, by artist Julius Csotonyi;
- The 2015 5 Cent Fine Silver Coin – Legacy of the Canadian Nickel: The Beaver (#6 in the series), original design by G. E. Kruger-Gray;
- The 2015 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Canoe Across Canada: Exquisite Ending (#6 in the series), designed by Greg Banning;
- The 2015 $30 Fine Silver Coin – Looney Tunes™ Classic Series: The Rabbit of Seville; and,
- The 2015 Specimen Set – Baby Raccoon, featuring the work of artist Clinton Jammer on a special $2 bimetallic coin.
Mintages, pricing and full background information on each product can be found on the “Shop” tab of www.mint.ca.
All of these products can be ordered directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at www.mint.ca. The coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through our global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.