I recently received the 25th Anniversary of the Loonie $1 Silver Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. This was one of many new products released earlier this month.
I wanted to share the arrival of this coin, since it is much more beautiful in hand than might be expected from the online product images. Refer back to the earlier post for an image of the coin which presents a seemingly uniform finish. Pictured below is a scan of the actual coin which has a much different appearance.
According to the product description, the RCM used a unique soft matte finish for the fields of the coin. The specifications refer to this as “glass bead on field”.
The soft matte finish of the fields contrasts with the standard frosted finish used for the portrait, loons, and inscriptions. It also stands out against the mirrored finish used for the water and the interiors of the number “25”.
Most collector coins tend to use frosted and/or mirrored surfaces to highlight the design. In this case, there are three different types of surfaces which provide a very unique appearance.
These coins are priced at $34.95 CAD and limited to 15,000. The coins still remain available from the Mint. The product page is here.