Canada issues colorful Toronto Blue Jays coin

2016 silver $20 coin commemorates 1977 founding of Canadian baseball team
By , Coin World
Published : 05/02/16
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A Canadian coin honoring a Canadian baseball team in the American League is available only in Canada.

The Royal Canadian Mint on April 22 released a Proof 2016 .9999 fine silver $20 coin to mark the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball franchise.

The Jays’ first season was 1977, so the 2016 season is the team’s 40th in Toronto. 

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The coin was unveiled during a ceremony on April 22 before a game at the Rogers Centre, the site that has been home to the Jays since 1989 (it was known as the SkyDome until 2005). 

The Toronto Blue Jays’ most notable success was accomplishing back-to-back World Series wins in 1992 and 1993. In the American League East division, the Jays have faced tough rivals like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. 

To recognize and support the Toronto Blue Jays in the organization’s charitable efforts to produce lasting social change for children and youth, the RCM donated $25,000 to Jays Care Foundation, according to the RCM. 

Designed by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel, the reverse of the coin includes a red and blue wave inspired by the team’s colors.

The wave flows behind the silhouette of a player with the telltale stance of a home run hitter. A large engraved “40” commemorates four decades of play since Toronto was granted its MLB franchise in 1976. The figure of the player is also flanked by the team’s official logo. 

The Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse.

The coin weighs 31.39 grams and measures 38 millimeters in diameter.

The coin has a mintage limit of 40,000 pieces and retails for $99.95 Canadian.

To order, visit the RCM website.

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