Canadian 2015 50c Holiday Toy Box Coin Features 3D Effect


A unique 50-cent coin from the Royal Canadian Mint showcases two different Christmas-themed images as its tilted from side to side. Appearing as the ninth release from the Mint’s annual series of holiday lenticular coins is the 2015 50c Holiday Toy Box Coin. Previous coins in the series sold out.

Canadian 2015 50c Holiday Toy Box Coin

Designed by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel, the coin’s first image is of toys, a closed toy box and wrapped presents as they would appear on Christmas Eve.

Tilt the coin to its side and a second image emerges that shows the box overflowing with new toys that were unwrapped on Christmas morning. Newly opened presents around the toy box include a model airplane, a world globe, a tin robot, blocks, and an antique style metal toy car.

Inscriptions around the designs are CANADA, 50 CENTS, and the year 2015.

The obverse or heads side presents a standard Susanna Blunt’s effigy of the Queen with surrounding inscriptions of ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.

Each coin has the following Mint-provided specifications:

  • Mintage: 30,000
  • Composition: cupronickel
  • Finish: specimen
  • Weight (g): 13.7
  • Diameter (mm): 35
  • Edge: plain
  • Certificate: serialized
  • Face value: 50 cents


To order the 2015 50c Holiday Toy Box Coin, visit the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at or follow the affiliate link located hereicon. Pricing is CAD 29.95 or about US $23.

Each coin ships encapsulated and within a maroon display case.

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This is rather cute but aren’t we getting pretty far removed from what money is supposed to be?


A lot of what the Canadian Mint and the Perth Mint put out these days isn’t really money oriented but maybe more technological advances in metal coin production and similar to what the Franklin Mint makes – i.e. not much value and not all that popular (so low mintages). So far the US Mint hasn’t decided to go that route.


And thank goodness for that (that the US Mint has not gone with the bad choices of colorized and cracker jack box token like coins).


The lenticular for the coins is done by RR Donnelley.