The 2011 Toronto City Map $25 Silver Coin was an intriguing issue from the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin was their first 2 oz. 99.99% silver coin, was created using advanced laser technology, and was not actually produced in Canada.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city with a population of more than 2 million people. It ranks as the fifth most populous city and seventh largest urban region in North America. It is second in North America only to New York City for its number of high rises, and contains the CN Tower, which is a communications and observation tower that is 1,815.4 feet tall.
The reverse design of the coin features an aerial portrait of Toronto that is presented as if zooming-in from space. The rounded magnified image is intended to be reminiscent of an astronaut’s visor. The city map is based on Google Earth satellite mapping and contains microscopic three-dimensional detail created through an innovative new minting process. A gold plated border along the bottom of the reverse includes key Toronto landmarks, most noticeably the CN Tower.
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The 2 oz. coin has an extra wide diameter of 60 mm to create a large canvas for the design. The obverse contains the Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
The mintage was limited to 7,500 pieces and achieved a sell out. The original price was CAD $179.95.
Although not indicated anywhere on the product page or certificate of authenticity, this coin was actually produced in Switzerland, as explained in this article. The laser produced style was developed by Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP), which has licensing rights to reproduce Google Map images.
Note: This post will begin a new periodic feature of the blog, highlighting past coin issues from various world mints. This will supplement existing ongoing coverage of new world coin releases.