The Royal Canadian Mint has officially launched (July 7) a new 2016-dated silver coin that is marketed as “the world’s first borosilicate glass glow-in-the-dark” coin. There’s much to appreciate about this coin’s design, especially its reverse image, in which silver dust swirls together with a variety of borosilicate colored glass pieces to re-create an vision of the universe, or night sky. Canadian artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay has re-created the forested setting of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic beneath a clear, star-filled sky. The round, crystal-clear qualities of the glass are similar to peering through a telescope lens, and its luminescence further enhances the viewer’s experience of gazing into the galaxy. The process features a combination of color and glow paint along with a specially selected borosilicate fine art colored glass that also glows in the dark. The process creates a crafted swirl of silver dust to create an image of the universe that is one-of-a-kind for each coin. Every coin includes a globule of borosilicate glass that has been handcrafted and applied to the coin.
|20 Dollars||.999 silver||31.3 Grams||38 mm.||Proof & glass||8500 pieces|
The coin is also issued as a unique celebration of Canada’s status as the first nation to possess an officially recognized dark sky reserve, a distinction that is a source of pride for Quebecers, particularly those living in the blackout region of Mont-Mégantic. The coin is encapsulated and presented in a custom RCM branded box. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website. Information offered in English & French; international orders dispatched where applicable.