The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers: Q: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment? A: No! The hobby collector—be it of coins, back-scratchers, or Bavarian beer mugs—is occasionally persuaded to purchase by impulse or sentiment. Indulging frequent lapses into irrationality is part of the fun of maintaining a hobby. But the strictly … [Read More...]
The Royal Canadian Mint has released one of their most innovative designs seen on any collector coin, which includes an interactive element in the design in addition to delicate and intricate engraving and minting.
Featured in the design is the ever-popular theme of the bumblebee encircling and hovering over a floral bloom as it looks to extract nectar, while at the same time pollinate the flower. As part of the interactive design, an actual moveable bumblebee is drawn to one of the showiest blooms, and when the coin is just slightly tilted, the bee circles around the petals of a wild rose, one of the many flowering plants in Canada that depend on these wondrous little pollinators. The coin includes a precise mechanism that enables the bumblebee to encircle the centred rose effortlessly.
Designed by Canadian artist Tony Bianco, the coin presents a close view of Canada’s most common wild rose and the floral emblem of the Province of Alberta, Rosa acicularis. Two sterling silver-cast elements top the image: A rose gold-plated bloom and a gold-plated bumblebee. Firmly affixed to the coin’s surface, the five-petal flower is fully opened. The moveable bumblebee adds an interactive twist to this dimensional design, by using gravitational force, the “flying” bee is able to circle the rose whenever the coin is tilted. The reverse includes the engraved word CANADA and the year, 2019.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt, along with the denomination of 50 DOLLARS.
|157.6 g||65.2 mm||Proof with gold plating||
Each coin is specially encapsulated to accommodate the larger diameter and weight which also includes a custom-constructed dome-shaped casing enabling the mechanism to move freely and be viewed from any angle. The perspex dome case rests on a polished wood base and is presented in a covered, mint-branded deluxe box and base that is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information about these coins and others available from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website.