Unique imagery merges with the world’s first combination of color, glow paint and borosilicate fine art glass to create the 2016 $20 The Universe 1 oz Fine Silver Colored Coin.
This coin is available individually or as the debut release in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Star Gazing 3-Coin Subscription program.
Enhancing its exclusive nature, the presentation of the handcrafted borosilicate glass is unique for every silver coin.
"There’s a universe of wonders crafted into this coin, starting with the way silver dust swirls together with a variety of borosilicate colored glass pieces to re-create an image of the universe," promotes the Royal Canadian Mint website on the coin’s product page. "Every coin has its own unique swirl and each one is captured in a globule of borosilicate glass that has been handcrafted and applied to the coin. The glass was also given added luminescence to capture the faint glow of the galaxy."
The reverse (tails side) of the Universe silver coin depicts Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic set against a night sky complete with stars. The observatory is located on Mont Mégantic, the highest point of Eastern Canada accessible by car. Canadian artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay created the image which is enhanced by the inclusion of a globule of borosilicate glass meant to portray the universe. Found on the obverse is the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each coin is struck to a collector proof finish from 99.99% pure silver. Additional specifications include a weight of 31.39 grams and a diameter of 38mm.
2016 $20 The Universe Silver Coins may be ordered directly from the Royal Canadian Mint for CAD $149.95, or about ~US $115.50. An affiliate link to the coin is right here.
Mintage for program coins is limited to 8,500. Each comes encapsulated and is presented in a Royal Canadian Mint maroon display case.