This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the organization which is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates this milestone with a unique silver collector coin featuring an achromatic hologram that brings the CSA's work to life. The coin was unveiled today at the International Astronautical Congress 2014 held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
"Whether they are flying among the stars or planted firmly on the ground, the Mint takes great pride in commemorating Canada's diverse and remarkable achievements," said Marc Brűlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "This special coin features exceptional holographic technology which is a fitting tribute to the CSA, as it has been synonymous with innovation since 1989".
"This year marks a milestone in Canada's space history as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CSA," said General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk, President of the Canadian Space Agency. "Our many accomplishments have built the foundation for a flourishing space industry and we are absolutely delighted that the Mint has captured Canada's leadership in space with such expert craftsmanship."
The coin's reverse design features an achromatic hologram image of a Canadian astronaut floating weightlessly above the Earth. The astronaut is anchored to a foot restraint on Canadarm2, which bears the Canada Wordmark. In the distance we see the cloud-mottled blue surface of Earth, backed by the black depths of space. The hologram lends depth and movement to the design; the astronaut seems to float above the Earth.