2013 was a busy and exciting year for Canada and the rest of the world! The Royal Family celebrated the birth of Prince George; Canada participated in the third-ever World Baseball Classic tournament; Pope Francis became the first pope to hail from Latin America. According to Chinese astrology, 2013 was the year of the snake; specifically, the water snake. Canada saw several political shakeups, most notably Justin Trudeau being elected as the leader of the Liberal Party. In other words, there was no shortage of special events to commemorate with beautiful 2013 Royal Canadian Mint coins!
The Birth of Prince George
On July 22, 2013, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their first child, Prince George, into the world. The Royal Canadian Mint created a unique and spectacular coin worthy of commemorating that joyous occasion: the 2013 Canada $5 Royal Infant Toys Fine Silvercoin. Expertly crafted of 99.99% pure silver, the coin celebrates the new prince as well as the Royal Family’s special relationship with Canada.
Ornately detailed symbols of babyhood, such as rattles, sippy cups, bibs, and tiny shoes, form a ring around the coin, representing the whirlwind experience of the newborn phase. In the centre of the ring are the Royal Couple’s ciphers, accented with 24 karat gold and flanked by a pair of symbolic maple leaves. This stunning coin is an excellent way to celebrate the arrival of Prince George or any special 2013 baby.
Chinese Year of the Snake
Chinese astrologers regard the snake as the most refined and intuitive animal sign. People born in the year of the snake are thought to be intelligent, calm, reflective, and hard workers. They tend to be lucky, especially with finances, so what better way to commemorate someone born in 2013 than with a 99.99% pure silver 2013 Canada $10 Year of the Snake coin?
While Chinese astrology includes several types of snakes, 2013 was the year of the water snake, as symbolized by the delicately curled waves in the coin’s intriguing design by Canadian artist Aries Cheung. Those born under the water snake sign are especially sociable and are excellent leaders. This beautiful coin would make a wonderful gift for anyone born in 2013.
The World Baseball Classic Tournament
Some of Canada’s best professional ballplayers participated in the 2013 World Baseball Classic tournament, an impressive multinational contest in which the greatest players from around the globe come together to determine the best of the best and extol baseball’s undeniable worldwide appeal.
Canadian artist Steve Hepburn created the designs for the Royal Canadian Mint’s first-ever baseball-themed coin series to commemorate this exciting tournament. The series includes seven unique coins, each featuring a different baseball position or symbol, such as:
These delightful, 99.99% pure silver coins would make an excellent gift for any baseball lover!
Other Notable 2013 Royal Canadian Mint Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint created a wide variety of outstanding, beautifully designed commemorative coins in 2013 to celebrate not only the year’s important events but also the enduring beauty of Canada. For example, the 50-cent Maple Leaf Tartan coin showcases two of Canada’s beloved national symbols and includes a swatch of Maple Leaf tartan fabric. The 2013 release of the 25-cent Birds of Canada series features an exquisite, full-colour rendition of an American Robin, whose song is well known throughout Canada.
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