A First! A Canada-Shaped Coin!

This proudly patriotic piece was inspired by Canada’s geography and it’s animal icons. The coin’s contour wraps around the edges of the colour-over-engraved map of Canada. The bird and mammal mascots that make up the design are uniquely suited to their respective home Provinces, and reflect who we are as a people—whether it’s Nunavut’s Canadian Inuit dog or Ontario’s common loon.

Designed by Ottawa artist, Alisha Giroux, the coin is a re-imagining of the map of Canada, with stylized birds or mammals forming the shape of each province and territory it represents. From left to right, these icons of the Canadian wilderness include: a raven (Yukon), Kermode bear (British Columbia), gyrfalcon (Northwest Territories), bighorn sheep (Alberta), white-tailed deer (Saskatchewan), Canadian Inuit dog (Nunavut), plains bison (Manitoba), common loon (Ontario), snowy owl (Quebec), chickadee (New Brunswick), osprey (Nova Scotia), blue jay (Prince Edward Island), and woodland caribou (Newfoundland and Labrador).

Alisha Giroux

The flip side of the uniquely shaped coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The Canada landscapes Coin is made of 3 oz. of 99.99% pure silver. Only 2,000 have been minted. The face value is $50.00. Retail cost of the coin is $339.95. 

To learn more, here’s the link to the Mint Store. https://www.mint.ca/store/coins/3-oz.-pure-silver-coin—the-canadian-landscape—mintage-2000-2019-prod3570042

And here’s a link to Alisha Giroux’s ‘Meet The Maker’ web page: https://makerhouse.com/collections/meet-the-maker-alisha-giroux

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