To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Canadian Mint is paying colorful tribute to the organization’s rich artistic legacy within Canada and abroad with a unique silver collector coin.
Taking advantage of the royal visit by HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to Canada this week, the coin was unveiled yesterday by Her Royal Highness. Following the unveiling, the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages presented Her Royal Highness with one of the special coins. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is among Canada’s most prestigious and dynamic cultural Institutions which is renowned for teaching, creating and performing outstanding dance for the past 75 years.
Taking part in the unveiling ceremonies, Ian Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint commented “This spectacular coin celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, which is an important milestone anniversary for Canada’s internationally renowned ballet company.” Further adding, “It will be a meaningful and cherished keepsake for ballet dancers, ballet enthusiasts and collectors alike.”
Also taking part in the unveiling was André Lewis, Artistic Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet who commented, “This beautifully crafted coin by the Mint adds to an exciting year of performances and celebrations befitting Canada’s oldest ballet company.”
The 2014 75th Anniversary of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet 1 oz Silver Coin reverse image is an engraved rendition of a photograph by one of Canada’s foremost dance photographers, David Cooper. The overhead view features six dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s lavish production of “The Sleeping Beauty”. With their arms outstretched and intertwined, the dancers form a snowflake-like pattern as they lean forward, their right legs outstretched in front of them so that their point shoes meet at the center. As part of the reverse design, the coin incorporates for the first time on a RCM product, a new technique Advanced sheer effect colour which faithfully recreates the stunning costumes worn by the dancers and further showcases the beautiful embellishments that adorn their traditional platter tutus.
The obverse of the coin includes a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by Susanna Blunt and used on Canadian circulation & commemorative coinage since 2003. The coin’s denomination is also seen to the right of the portrait.
|$20||.999 silver||31.6 grams||40 mm.||Proof & color||7500 pieces|
Another first for the Royal Canadian Mint – the coin comes in its very own music box. When opened, the box plays Sleeping Beauty (Valse) melody by Tchaikovsky.
For more information or to place an order, please visit the Royal Canadian Mint product page. Information offered in English & French – international orders dispatched.