The Royal Canadian Mint on May 6 issued the first coin in a new
Stained Glass series.
The reverse of the Proof .999 fine silver $20 coin imitates a piece
of stained glass found at Craigdarroch Castle,
which is located in Victoria, British Columbia.
The focal point of the design is the grouping of six brightly
colored flowers; each petal has been filled by hand with blue, purple
and red translucent enamel to recreate a stained glass effect. Green
translucent enamel is applied to the veined leaves. The original
window’s weave pattern fills the background.
The Victorian-era castle has 39 rooms (many lavishly furnished with
late Victorian pieces) and more than 25,000 square feet of space.
Perched on the highest hill of the city, the castle was initially
owned by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife, Joan. Robert
Dunsmuir died 10 months before construction was finished.
After Dunsmuir’s widow died in 1908, the castle served as a military
hospital, college and music conservatory, among other things. It has
been a museum since 1979.
The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by
The coin weighs 31.39 grams, measures 38 millimeters in diameter and
has a mintage limit of 7,500 pieces. It was issued at $129.95 Canadian.
The U.S. prices for collectors in the United States buying from the
RCM fluctuate with the exchange rate, calculated at the time of
Telephone the RCM inside the United States at 800-268-6468. In
Canada, telephone the RCM at 800-267-1871. Visit the RCM website to order.
Ltd., and Talisman Coins, official distributors for the
RCM, carry the coin at fixed prices in U.S. dollars.
Talisman offers the $20 coin for $119.95, the $25 coin for $129.95
and the gold $200 coin for $2,599.95. Gatewest offers the $20 coin for
$121.95, the $25 coin for $130.95 and the gold coin for $2,608.95.
To contact Gatewest, telephone the firm at 888-565-2646 or visit
Telephone Talisman at 888-552-2646 or visit its website.