2021 $20 Canada's Unexplained Phenomena: The Montreal Incident Fine Silver (No Tax)
Dubbed the "Montréal Incident," this famous UFO sighting has been re-created on the Royal Canadian Mint's fourth Unexplained Phenomena coin. Its colourful, glow-in-the-dark design transports you to the rooftop pool at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal on the night of November 7, 1990, when a mysterious object suddenly appeared in the sky. On the coin, the UFO's light beams are enhanced with black light paint technology. The Royal Canadian Mint even engineered a Fresnel optical effect that alters that way light reflects on the coin, depending on your viewing angle—tilt the coin and you'll see!
November 7, 1990, 7:20 p.m.: A tourist was enjoying a relaxing swim in the rooftop pool of the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal, when suddenly, green and yellow light beams emanating from a large, metallic object lit up the night sky. The woman alerted the lifeguard, who called the hotel's security guard; soon, guests, hotel staff and management had gathered to view this anomalous aerial object, which continued to hover in place. When the light beams suddenly became brighter, police were called in. Baffled, the first officer on the scene contacted his superiors, and before long, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian military and even NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) were reportedly looking into this strange object. Sometime after 10 p.m., dense cloud cover obscured the view of the UFO, but photographs taken by a journalist provide compelling physical evidence of this unexplained phenomenon.
The reverse design by Canadian graphic design artist Patrick Belanger features the artist's rendition of an aerial UFO phenomenon that occurred on November 7, 1990 in Montréal, Que. The colourful image shows the event from the perspective of those who spotted the object from the rooftop pool at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal. The object's bright light beams are amplified by black light paint technology and an engineered Fresnel effect, which varies the intensity of reflected light depending on the viewing angle. The obverse features a field pattern and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Item Number: 202240
Composition: 99.99% pure silver, with selective colour, Fresnel engraving and black light paint technology
Weight*: 31.56 g
Diameter: 102.1 mm
Face Value: $20
Artist: Patrick Bélanger
• A Mint First: Fresnel Beams! On your coin's reverse, the UFO's light beams are enhanced by a Fresnel optical effect—a first for the Royal Canadian Mint! An array of features has been engineered in a way that alters the way the light reflects off the coin, so that it appears to move in, out and across the beams depending on your viewing angle.
• Black Light Technology: The UFO's bright light beams colourfully lit up the night sky, and they certainly do on your coin's reverse. Use a black light flashlight to activate the embedded black light paint technology, which emphasizes the outline of the UFO and adds an intense, colourful glow to the light beams that are also reflected on the pool surface.
• Like the 2019 coin that depicted the Shag Harbour Incident, this 1 oz. 99.99% pure silver rectangular coin features a vertical orientation that emphasizes height. It shows the UFO hovering in place above the rooftop pool of the 17-storey building, high above Montréal's busy downtown core.
• The obverse's engraved field pattern is a nod to the reverse design, and to the mysterious light beams that were observed by multiple witnesses on the night of November 7, 1990.
• Collectors love a good UFO story. The proof? All previous coins in the series sold out, and with a mintage of 5,000, this one is also expected to sell out quickly.
• Whether you're fascinated by UFOs, or you just love a colourful coin that tells a great story, this coin is for you. Crafted from 1 oz. of 99.99% pure silver, this rectangular coin is a fun addition to any collection and makes a great gift.
Coin comes encapsulated and presented in a wood case with a black beauty box.