The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a Proof .9999 silver $20 coin
with an achromatic hologram to honor the 25th anniversary of the
Canadian Space Agency.
This is the second achromatic hologram coin produced by the RCM (the
first was part of the 2013 Superman program). This new style of
hologram creates a three-dimensional illusion for the viewer, giving
depth and movement to the scene, according to the RCM.
The coin was unveiled Sept. 30 at the International Astronautical
Congress 2014 held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, but will
not be released until Oct. 7. The ship date is currently listed at the
RCM website as Nov. 12.
The CSA is the organization “committed to leading the development
and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and
humanity,” according to the RCM.
The reverse of the coin shows the achromatic holographic image of a
Canadian astronaut floating high above the Earth. The unidentified
astronaut is anchored to a foot restraint on Canadarm2, one of the
CSA’s landmark technological developments installed on the
International Space Station.
The obverse of the coin carries the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen
The CSA $20 coin weighs 31.39 grams, measures 38 millimeters in
diameter and has a limited mintage of 10,000 pieces. The coin's
official issue price is $119.95 Canadian.
The purchase price when ordering direct from the RCM will be set in
U.S. funds based on the exchange rate at the time of purchase.
Visit the RCM
website or telephone the RCMt at 1-800-267-1871 (in Canada) or
800-268-6468 (in the U.S.).
Gatewest Coin Ltd. and Talisman Coins, official distributors for the
RCM, carry the coin at a fixed price in U.S. dollars. Both firms offer
the coin for $104.95 in U.S. funds.
Gatewest online or telephone the firm at 888-565-2646.
Talisman online or by telephone at 888-552-2646.
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