The Royal Canadian Mint have released a wide selection of Christmas or holiday themed coins for 2014. The time is almost upon us and if you are fortunate enough to be shopping for your favorite coin collector, you’ll be spoilt for choice because each coin would be a welcome addition to any collection! Some of this year’s coins on offer include those with color, some with venetian glass applications and some with enhanced 3D effect. But, the overall theme with all of the coins is festive, celebration, family and friends – and of course snow & fun!
1) A lenticular holiday coin enhanced with 3D EFFECT – 50 Cents: The two-image lenticular design follows one tree’s journey from a wintry outdoor setting to its transformation as the centerpiece for one family’s Christmas celebrations. The 3D-effect has been enhanced over last year’s coin – The design of this coin features a dual image which, based on the angle at which it is viewed from, alternates between two modern, stylized holiday images by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn. The first image makes use of the cool colors of blue and violet to set the tone for a wintery scene: soft snowflakes drifting down from the twinkling night sky onto the forest below. Flanked by two smaller trees, one evergreen stands prominently in the center of the image field. As the coin is angled, lenticular technology cleverly causes the images to switch. The tree occupies the same central position but in the second image, the viewer is transported indoors where the tree has now become one family’s Christmas tree. The shining moon from the first image is replaced by the glowing star-shaped tree topper, as two young girls adorn the tree with the last few ornaments. There is energy in the air as the children take part in this cherished holiday tradition, undoubtedly awaiting the moment when they can unwrap the neatly wrapped gifts that are at their feet. The vibrant colors of red, green and yellow offer a visual representation of the warmth and energy that fill the air during the holiday season.
2) A proof & color silver coin – 10 Dollars: Since the earliest days of settlement, tobogganing has been an integral part of surviving the long Canadian winter. Forget about frozen fingers and toes; this coin’s endearing color design will lure everyone outdoors for fun-filled adventure, laughter, spills and thrills! The design of this coin features an idyllic winter scene of three children tobogganing behind their house. In the foreground, a child dressed warmly pulls another child on a simple wooden toboggan across a small gully in a snowdrift. With the snowy hillside curving gently upward on the left side of the image and a view of a frozen lake and tree-lined mountains in the far distance, the image conveys the gentle rolling hilly terrain familiar to so many Canadians. Just behind the children, another child is captured mid-tumble, a small sled flying high into the air. The children are backgrounded by a red snow-covered house. The brightly colored scene conveys fun, momentum, and the comfort of knowing that, cold as one gets during these outdoor games, the warmth of home is always nearby.
3) A fine Silver & Venetian Glass Snowman coin – 20 Dollars: Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with this exquisite painted silver coin bearing a lovely Venetian glass snowman! The design of this coin features a festive outdoor Canadian holiday scene that bears all of the key hallmarks of the Canadian winter holiday season. This outdoor evening scene centers around an adorable white 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 a lovely evergreen tree decked out with multicolored 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 back 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.
4) An ultra-High Relief Colored – fine silver Christmas Ornament coin – 25 Dollars: Bring a sparkle to someone’s holiday season with this stunning colored ultra high relief coin. Delivering all the beauty and magic of a traditional holiday ornament, this fine silver coin has been produced using a quadruple-striking process, painstaking engraving and an advanced coloring technique to ensure that it remains a special treasure and beloved keepsake for years to come. This coin is our second one to feature the use of the advanced Sheer Effect colorization technique. This effect makes the color glitter under light. The quadruple-struck coin features a stylized circular ornament centered around a deeply indented star with eight points. The engraved star is flanked by petal-like rings colored with a bright festive red, green, and blue that circle outward to the edge of the coin.
The obverse of all the coins mentioned above include the current effigy designed by artist Susanna Blunt which have been used on all circulation and many commemorative coins in Canada since 2003.
|50 Cents||cupro-nickel||13.7 grams||35 mm.||Select & 3D||20,000 pieces|
|10 Dollars||.999 silver||15.8 grams||34 mm.||Proof & color||8000 pieces|
|20 Dollars||.999 silver||31.1 grams||38 mm.||Proof & glass||10,000 pieces|
|25 Dollars||.99 silver||30 grams||36 mm.||High relief & color||6000 pieces|
Several of the coins produced with a Christmas or holiday theme have either low mintages or are awaiting further production due to their higher than anticipated demand. For additional information on these and other new coins available from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit the new releases section of their website. Information offered in English & French, international orders dispatched.