2009 Canada $20 Blue Crystal Snowflake Fine Silver Coin
To scientists, they are six-sided dendrite ice crystals; to children, they are the beginnings of snowmen and fun-filled toboggan rides; to Canada, they are its most defining climatic feature. But to the observant eye, the one that delves into that great blanket of white, snowflakes are tiny sculptures of incredible beauty; so intricate they have been the focus of much scientific study.
Scientists will explain that as water vapour freezes within a cloud, temperature, wind and humidity will influence the size and shape of the ice crystals that fall to the ground. Sometimes they will clump together to form large, wet flakes. Or, they'll fall as dry, powdery snow. But if the temperature is around -15 C (5 F) and each ice crystal has the good fortune to grow large and drift gently to the ground without hitting other crystals, the result will be a flurry of endless masterpieces those iconic star-shaped snowflakes that take our breath away.
Star-shaped snowflakes may appear to have endless shapes and forms, but they all maintain their hallmark shape; and none of their branches are ever exactly the same. Science has clearly established this, but the best way to experience the wonder of snowflakes is to stand outdoors on a perfect winter day; when the air is calm and snow is falling and countless fleeting masterpieces land on your glove to be admired.
Item number: 105674
Face Value: 20 dollars
Mintage: 15,000 (2 versions combined)
Composition: 99.99% pure Silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Finish: Proof embedded CRYSTALLIZED - Swarovski Elements
The latest issue in this immensely popular series of Crystal Snowflake Coins. (Previous two issues sold out.)
Each 99.99% pure silver coin perfectly showcases the intricate beauty of Canada's most defining climatic feature, the snowflake.
Coin enhanced with CRYSTALLIZED - Swarovski Elements for a stunning crystalline effect. One large central crystal surrounded by six smaller crystals, one on each branch.
Two fabulous new crystal colours for 2009: Blue and pink; both with a shimmering aurora borealis feature.
Coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.
Please note: This product is no longer tax exempt due to modifications to the coin, including (but not limited to):
• Embellishments such as sculptures or moving parts
• Crystals, gemstones or diamonds embedded into the coin
• Sculptures and/or other moving parts
Please see The Royal Canadian Mint's FAQ for more details.