Vancouver Island artist designs new silver coin for Royal Canadian Mint

Vancouver Island artist designs new silver coin for Royal Canadian Mint
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An artist from Vancouver Island has designed the first silver coin in a new Royal Canadian Mint series called “Wondrous Waters.”

The four-coin series shows off iconic bodies of water from Canada’s three coasts.

The series kicks off in B.C. with the Pacific Ocean coin, designed by Vancouver Island artist Glen Green.

The coin features three orcas, including one calf, swimming in front of a rocky outcropping with trees and mountains in the background.

The other side features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt.

“As soon as I was granted the opportunity to create a design representing the West Coast, my mind immediately went to the majestic orca,” says Green on the Royal Canadian Mint website.

“I live on Vancouver Island and occasionally get to see pods of killer whales on my travels,” he said.

“The background of this design, with the rocky islands and the heavily forested mountains cascading down to the rugged shoreline, is typical of the West Coast. To many who witness these whales patrolling the coast, especially with a calf in tow, it is one of the most spectacular experiences one can have in their lifetime.”

The coin measures 38 millimetres and weighs just over 31 grams. It’s made of 99.99 per cent pure silver and has a face value of $20, but collectors can expect to pay $104.85 for the coin.

The other three coins in the “This Is Canada: Wonders Waters” series include the Arctic Coast coin, the Great Lakes coin and the Atlantic Coast coin, which are pictured below.


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