Royal Canadian Mint Releases Coins in 2019 Celebrating Canada
The Canadian culture and heritage is a diverse one characterized by inclusivity and generosity, characteristics that were on full display in the coins released by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2019. It is an enviable heritage that many around the world admire. Canadians have always been associated with a spirit of compassion and have been known to embrace other nationalities and cultures with open arms. This is why the Royal Canadian Mint released a 2019 coin as an ode to this great culture and spirit.
Canadian Spirit Captured in Coin
This special Canadian coin, the 1 oz pure gold coin has one major purpose, to celebrate the Canadian for its diversity and inclusivity. Inspiration from other cultures is evident on the face of this coin through patterns that mirror the traditional mandala and rangoli designs. The coin has at its focal point a gem that serves as a powerful reminder of Canada’s acceptance of immigrant cultures - a 5mm AA grade natural Madagascar ruby. The gem is framed all around by another international cultural symbol - the lotus flower, which has strong associations with Indian cultures. The extended petals of the lotus flower reach out to the edges of the coin much in the same way Canadians’ generosity reaches out to the international community. This 99.99% gold coin with its proof finish and serialized certificate is undoubtedly a great prize to add to any collection.
The Creative Mind Behind the 1 oz Pure Gold Coin
The coin’s designer Frances Ferdinands experienced the inclusive and embracing culture of Canada first hand as a Canadian who was born in Sri Lanka. A graduate of York University, this artist has a solid reputation for creating fine works of art even though she is considered a mid-career artist. The public has been benefitting from the splendor of her work for the last three decades as she has been displaying her creations in a group as well as individual exhibitions.
Another coin that highlights this awesome Canadian spirit is the fabric of Canada silver coin. Into the silver core of the coin is crafted a picture that combines scenes from sites that are beloved to all Canadians. These sites include The Peace Tower, which is located on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia and Kicking Horse Canyon in British Columbia.
All the sites hold strong significance for native and immigrant Canadians as they represent the experiences of the people over centuries. Peggy’s Cove, for instance, is associated with the tale of an immigrant girl who managed to swim ashore after the ship she was travelling in met a horrific demise in which all others on board were killed. Kicking Horse Canyon also has associations with migrants as it is said to be the site of an incident in which an explorer, having been kicked by a horse, plunged downwards, miraculously surviving the fall. The Canadian flag stands proudly at the forefront in colour, its brightness enhancing its position as a unifying force for Canadians from all backgrounds
The Creative Mind Behind the Fabric of Canada Silver Coin
The fabric of Canada Silver coin was designed by Rebecca Yanovskaya, a freelance illustrator with a passion and penchant for horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres. She is a graduate of Sheridan College in Toronto where she studied illustration and is considered unique in her field as she is the only illustrator who uses a ballpoint to create her work.
Throughout 2019, Royal Canadian Mint has proven itself to be innovative and inventive as it continues to lead the charge in bringing to the public, high quality, stunning and cutting edge collectible coins that highlight the greatness of Canadian culture.