The Royal Canadian Mint has released its 2016 Celebration of Spring: Cherry Blossoms Silver Coloured Coin, which alludes to Vancouver’s annual cherry blossom festival and to the cherry trees in Toronto’s High Park, planted as a symbol of friendship between Japan and Canada. The coin carries a Proof finish and is available for $64.95 CAD.
The obverse of the coin features Jan Poynter’s depiction of a Kwanzan cherry tree, with its blossoms and leaves rendered in pink and green. Inscribed in the field are CANADA, 2016, the denomination of 15 DOLLARS, and the designer’s initials, JP.
The obverse bears Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions, ELIZABETH II, and D.G. REGINA, a Latin abbreviation for “By the grace of God, Queen.”
The coin is composed of 23.17 grams of 99.99% silver and has a mintage of 6,500 pieces. Cherry blossoms have long symbolized the arrival of spring, particularly in Japan. Nearly 3,000 cherry trees have been given to Canada by Japan as diplomatic gifts since the 1930’s.
For more information on the 2016 Celebration of Spring: Cherry Blossoms Silver Coloured Coin, please visit the Web site of the Royal Canadian Mint. You can also watch a short promotional video for the release below.