The Royal Canadian Mint and Perth Mint have each released a new coin which comes outside of the typical monthly batch releases. The Canadian coin includes the use of achromatic hologram technology to create a special 3D effect and the Perth Mint coin depicts the four Chinese ancient mythical creatures.
The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency with the issuance of a 1 oz 99.99% pure silver proof coin. The reverse design includes a full color achromatic hologram image of a Canadian astronaut floating in space above the Earth. The astronaut is anchored to a foot restraint on Canadarm2. According to the product description, the hologram leads to depth and movement within the design, creating a 3D illusion for the viewer as the astrocnuat seems to float above the earth.
This represents only the second time that the RCM has produced a coin using achromatic hologram technology. The first time was for the 2013 Superman $20 Silver Coin.
The 2014 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency Silver Coin carries a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.
The Perth Mint has released the Tuvalu legal tender 2014 Chinese Mythical Creatures 5 oz Silver Proof Colored Coin.
According to ancient Chinese mythology, the universe was divided into four quadrants marking the beginning and end of the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes. These heavenly quadrants were known as the ‘Four Celestial Palaces’, with each palace represented by a guardian animal and corresponding colour, element, and virtue.
The reverse design of the coin contains a colorized portrayal of the four Chinese ancient mythical creatures. At the center is the Yin Yang symbol gilded in 24 karat gold. On the obverse of the coin is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the 2014 date and denomination.
Each coin is struck in 5 oz of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The maximum mintage is 1,000 pieces.
A video showcasing the production of the new coin has been posted on YouTube and is embedded below.