The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled two new coins — a meteorite coin and a $20 pure gold 1/10 oz. coin crafted entirely of Nunavut-sourced gold.
The meteorite coin is truly out-of-this-world collectible as it contains a genuine meteorite fragment. The coin commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Designed by Canadian artist Alexandra Lefort, the reverse design of this coin features a deep space vista enhanced by engraved textural details and full colour. Prominent design elements include the Eagle Nebula and its pillars of interstellar gas and dust, which are known as the Pillars of Creation. Also featured are the Moon, the Andromeda Galaxy (nearest to our own) and a blazing meteorite, enhanced by a genuine iron meteorite fragment from the Campo del Cielo meteorite field.
The 2018 $20 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Fine Silver Coin has a limited mintage of 5,500 and retails for $149.95.
The $20 pure gold 1/10 oz. coin crafted entirely of Nunavut-sourced gold is designed by Inuk artist Andrew Qappik. The reverse image highlights the walrus, ptarmigan, polar bear, bowhead whale and narwhal, all framed within the outline of a maple leaf.
The 1/10 oz. gold coin is struck on newly developed blanks that are thinner and wider than usual, yet with the same relief, allowing for a larger canvas for the Arctic-themed design. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
The coin is crafted from 99.99% pure gold, mined in Nunavut at the TMAC Resources’ mine at Hope Bay and by Agnico Eagle Mines’ Meadowbank mine, near Baker Lake, Nunavut.
The 2018 $20 pure gold 1/10 oz. coin – Symbols of the North has a limited mintage of 1,500 and retails for $359.
HOW TO BUY
The coins will be available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
It can be ordered by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the United States, or online at www.mint.ca.