2020 Canada $1 Flying Loon (R&D Lab) Fine Silver (No Tax)
The latest innovation from our R&D lab raises the bar when it comes to dimensional design and allows the engraved focal point to reach new heights—literally. Introducing Lifted Engraving, a numismatic first that makes its world debut on this limited-edition prototype. The groundbreaking technology is a 3D approach to 2D coin art. It allows us to highlight a key design element by raising it above the engraved surface of the coin. To demonstrate its full potential, the never-before-seen technique has been applied to this 2020 pure silver version of the 1997 Flying Loon dollar. The loon you see lifting up from the coin's surface is not an embellishment—it's part of the coin. And so is the integrated hinge, which provides just the right amount of lift for our loon, and our new technology, to take flight on this prototype.
It's all crafted from a single 99.99% pure silver blank and using the same minting process as a standard coin. The development of a new type of die makes it possible to strike the world's first integrated hinge directly onto the coin's surface. After deliberately cutting into the coin, the key relief (the loon) is then separated from the rest of the design using proprietary methods that "peel" away the field. And with both ends of the hinge coming together, the key relief is now in position to come out of the coin and greet the viewer.
The reverse is a reproduction of the 1997 Flying Loon $1 coin design by Canadian artist Jean-Luc Grondin. Enhanced with Lifted Engraving, the loon has been smoothly cut away from its engraved lake setting and elevated above the coin's surface with the help of an integrated hinge. The obverse features the repeating R&D Lab logo as a tiled background behind the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Item Number: 179247
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Diameter: 50 mm
Face Value: $1
Finish: Antique Finish
Artist: Jean Luc Grondin
• This is a rare opportunity to own a prototype coin featuring the latest groundbreaking innovation from the Royal Canadian Mint's R&D researchers.
• The Royal Canadian Mint's new Enhanced elevation technique allows the focal point of the design to reach new heights thanks to the world's first integrated hinge, which raises the relief above the coin's surface.
• This flying loon first appeared in 1997. Here, the new technology adds an extra dimension to the art by providing more lift for the loon during take-off.
• Your prototype coin comes packaged in a wooden box with a special R&D Lab certificate to explain the technology.
This prototype coin comes packaged in a wooden box with a special R&D Lab certificate to explain the technology.