The Royal Canadian Mint has released the latest coin which is part of their 12-coin series entitled “Canadian Fun and Festivities,” focusing on the many pursuits of Canadian society throughout an ordinary year. From scenic routes to seasonal activities, along with countless festivals and festivities that lift spirits throughout the year, there is an array of activities, and many of them have been captured in the coin series that incorporates a colour depiction of the activity featured. Also, as part of the design, each depiction is framed with a single motif of symbols and representations. Together, these engraved symbols form a frame that is the common design feature on all 12 coins in this series. Shown clockwise from the top are Niagara Falls; a Christmas tree; a rodeo; wine tasting; dog-sledding; folk music; cherry blossoms; maple syrup tasting; whale watching; tulips; coastal drives; and the aurora borealis.
The last coin, which completes the series, features a scene common to many Canadians at this time of year — finding the perfect Christmas tree in a nearby forest to decorate with some choice ornaments. After all, without a tree, where would Santa Claus leave all of those Christmas presents?
Designed by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn, the reverse design depicts a fun and familiar holiday tradition in Canada. On a cold December day, a father has ventured outdoors with his two kids to select and cut down their Christmas tree. The chosen tree is placed on the sleigh as the three happily make their way home, accompanied by their pet dog. The image is framed by stylised icons that represent popular outdoor activities and sights in Canada.
The obverse includes the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by Susanna Blunt and has been seen on all Canadian circulation and many commemorative coins since 2003. The denomination of 3 DOLLARS is placed just below the Queen’s portrait.
|7.9 g||27 mm||Proof with applied colour||
The coin is available as a single purchase or as part of a subscription. This is the last coin in the series that is offered as complimentary.
A custom presentation case is also available as part of the subscription, enabling the display of the complete collection. For additional information about this coin and others available from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit the website of the Royal Canadian Mint.