The Royal Canadian Mint has launched their latest pysanka-design egg-shaped Proof coins, which replicate the very colourful and intricately detailed Easter coins that are steeped in tradition and created as part of the Ukrainian Easter celebrations. First launched in 2016, the coins have since become popular with collectors due to the bright colours applied to the silver Proof strikes.
For 2023, the silver Proof examples are inspired by a Trypillian art style, which is derived from prehistoric pottery designs and features warm, earth-toned colours and harvest-themed motifs. The complex design also makes use of the natural shine of silver, blending precious metals with bright colours. The gold Proof coins are inspired by the colour of the sun and the sunflower, eternity and the powers of life, which makes it especially fitting that the pairing is featured on this pysanka-themed coin. The beloved floral emblem of the Ukrainian nation is surrounded by symbols that celebrate the sun’s return, and with it, the arrival of spring.
$20 silver: Designed by artist Natalie Kit, the reverse side of this colourful fine silver pysanka features a Trypillian art style inspired by surviving neolithic pottery. Flanked by four parallel lines of life, the centre band features solar symbols and a weaving pattern containing seeds that represent the harvest. Another weaving pattern representing connection and continuity fills the upper and lower bands, where the grain is nurtured by rainfall. Above and below those bands, more lines of life bring strength and frame the powerful eternity line. The ripening grain is contained by vertical lines representing the four seasons, which are guided by time, represented by the spiral forms. Shown towards the lower half of the design is the text CANADA and the year 2023.
$250 gold: Designed by Canadian artist Dave Melnychuk, the reverse side of the 2023-dated gold pysanka coin features a festive motif of stylised sunflowers and other solar symbols that celebrate the sun’s return. Each sunflower’s petals are arranged in a pattern similar to the traditional eight-pointed star that represents wholeness and luminosity. They are encircled by vines associated with wisdom and the vine of life, and whose spiralling form mirrors the cyclical and eternal aspects of life and time. These combined motifs form one of the most common symbols for the sun, a circle with a dot in the centre, which is also an alchemical symbol for gold. Shown towards the upper half of the design is the text CANADA and the year 2023. Seen towards the lower half superimposed is the coins’ denomination of 250 DOLLARS.
As Canadian coins await the introduction of a new effigy bearing the likeness of HM King Charles III from that of the Late Queen Elizabeth II, both gold and silver coins include a special transition obverse featuring the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The design is accompanied by four pearls symbolising the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign, 1952–2022. On the silver examples, the denomination of 20 DOLLARS is placed above the late Queen’s portrait.
|20 dollars||.9999 Silver||31.8 g||45 x 33 mm||Proof with applied colour||7,500|
|250 dollars||.9999 Gold||58.5 g||45 x 33 mm||Proof||275|
Each coin is specially encapsulated to accommodate its egg-shape and is presented in a custom case accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information, please click here for the silver coin or here for the gold coin.
As the world will mark one year since the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces on the 24th February 2022, Royal Canadian Mint CEO Marie Lemay announced during her presentation at the World Money Fair’s Media forum that the RCM will once again donate all net proceeds of sales of the Pysanka collector coins to Humanitarian services aiding Ukrainian victims of the war.
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