The Royal Canadian Mint has issued this year its new sterling silver hologram cameo twenty-dollar coin series celebrating Canadian achievements in transportation. The first three coins of this series are also the first Canadian coins ever produced with a holographic cameo.
The Blue nose was built in 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. This famous fishing schooner won every Halifax Herald International Fisherman's trophy from 1921-1938 (except for the 1928 race which was declared 'no contest'). It also set the fastest pace ever recorded over a fixed course by a canvassed vessel.
Canadian artist J. Franklin Wright designed The reverse of The Bluenose coin. He is a native of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Drawn to the sea because of the timeless nature of its mystery and beauty, Mr. Wright has developed the mastery of marine composition at its compelling best. Specializing in ship portraits, he is influential for his explorations into the sparsely documented history of Canada's ship building industry. The obverse of each coin features a contemporary effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by artist Dora de Pédery-Hunt.
Each individual coin is presented in a charcoal coloured anodized aluminum case with a decal featuring the Royal Canadian Mint logo on the cover.
Composition: Sterling Silver 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight: 31.103 grams
Diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Edge: Interrupted serration
Face Value: $20
Finish: Proof (frosted relief on a brilliant background)
Mintage: 15,000 each coin
Each coin contains one troy ounce of sterling silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper), and bears a 24 karat gold-plated holographic cameo. Mintage of each individual coin has been limited to 15,000 worldwide. The coins are available individually for $59.95 ($40.95 US) from Professional Coin Dealers on the Canadian Coin Reference Site's Dealer Directory, at TOREX® - Canada's National Coin Show, or at a Canadian coin dealer near you.