Creating a Collection of Royal Canadian Mint Holiday Sets
Coin sets can be a great way to expand your collection. They typically come in attractive cases or holders and feature both a commemorative coin and a set of the year’s standard coins. Therefore, getting a set can be a nice way to start or expand a collection.
For the holidays, the RCM typically produces Christmas coins with painted or engraved designs based on some of the most popular imagery from the holiday. For example, some coins feature snowflakes, ornaments, holly, Santa Claus and more.
If you want to add to your collection with something special and seasonally appropriate, this may be what you are seeking. Christmas coins can make a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.
Gift Giving and the Joy of Christmas Coins
Exchanging gifts is one of the most time-honoured and beloved traditions of Christmas. It is by no means exclusive to Christmas. Many other religious and cultural events involve gift-giving. In short, people just love giving and receiving gifts.
For Christians, gifts at Christmas are symbolic of the tributes from the wise men in the Nativity story. The biblical Magi presented the baby Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. However, gift-giving in December actually predates the foundation of Christianity. Another winter holiday celebrated by the Romans is believed to have inspired gift giving on December 25th. Saturnalia, a festival taking place at the end of December to celebrate Saturn, involved public banquets, private gift-giving and general merriment. There are many more religious holidays and events celebrated in December throughout the world like the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, the Buddhist holiday Bodhi Day and the Hindu holiday Pancha Ganapati plus many more.
Today, exchanging gifts is about celebrating being with family and friends and, for some, honouring traditions.