For the first time, the Royal Canadian Mint produced and is selling a polar bear silver coin that uses diamond particles to recreate the glittering effect of daylight snow and ice.
Limited to 7,500 and struck in an ounce of 99.99% pure silver to collector proof quality, the bear’s Artic landscape appears to come to life when the coin is turned to catch the light.
"A dusting of fine diamond particles was carefully applied to your coin to ensure an even layering over the select design elements," the Mint promotes.
The coin’s reverse artistry is the work of Glen Loates. His design depicts a standing polar bear as it moves across rugged terrain. Selective coloring highlights the snow-covered hills in the background and special diamond glitter simulates the snow and ice underfoot. Inscriptions include 20 DOLLARS and GL for the artist’s initials.
Obverses feature Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and have inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, CANADA, D G REGINA, and 2017.
Royal Canadian Mint-provided coin specifications include:
- Mintage: 7,500
- Composition: 99.99% pure silver
- Finish: proof
- Weight (g): 31.39
- Diameter (mm): 38
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 20 dollars
- Reverse Artist: Glen Loates
- Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt
Priced at CAD $114.95, or about US $86, the 2017 $20 Polar Bear 1 oz. Silver Coin is available from the Royal Canadian Mint at mint.ca. An affiliate link to the coin’s product page is right here.
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.