The Royal Canadian Mint has issued the latest coin in their clever and optically challenging series, “Landscape Illusions.” The new issue features the salmon in its pristine and unspoiled environment.
The Landscape Illusion series celebrates Canada’s natural heritage with captivating and original designs. Each coin features an image of the Canadian landscape, but combines natural elements in the scene to create the optical illusion of an animal; in this instance we behold a salmon which doubles as a waterfall.
Designed by Canadian artist Julius T. Csotonyi, the coin’s reverse features a towering waterfall rendered in color. Water cascades down the rocky cliff, but on closer examination a salmon emerges from the scene. It is leaping upward to get beyond the falls in order to continue its migration against the current to spawn.
The obverse side includes the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt, which has been used on all Canadian circulation coins and many commemorative issues since 2003.
|20 Dollars||.999 Silver||31.3 Grams||38 mm.||Proof & colour||5500 pieces|
This is the third issue in a five-coin series. The fourth coin, featuring the Pronghorn Antelope, will become available in September 2016, and the fifth coin, featuring the Snowy Owl, will be available in November of 2016. A specially-designed collector’s case is also available to house and protect all five coins. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Canadian mint, please visit their Web site. International sales will be dispatched where applicable.
To see the animated activity of the salmon featured on this latest coin, I recommend watching the Royal Canadian Mint’s specially prepared video below.