Leading up to the holiday season, World Mint News Blog and Coin Update have covered many of the Christmas or holiday themed coins offered by various world mints. In this post, I wanted to bring together a showcase of these coins which feature great diversity in design and in technological enhancements.
Each coin image will be followed by some brief comments and a link back to the full original article. Merry Christmas or happy holidays to readers and feel free to share your favorite holiday coins in the comments!
The Perth Mint released the 1/2 oz silver coin shown above, which features a silhouette of Santa Claus and his sleigh against an enlarged full moon. The coin incorporates an “augmented reality” feature which allows the reverse design to be transformed into a multimedia portrayal of Santa Claus delivering the coin on Christmas Eve. The multimedia portrayal can be experienced by downloading the free DAQRI application to a smartphone or tablet and then holding the device’s camera over the reverse of the coin. I was actually able to get this to work by downloading the app and focusing my phone’s camera on the image of the coin on my computer screen! [original coverage]
Adding to their extensive line of official Disney licensed coins, the Perth Mint has also issued a Disney Season’s Greetings 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin. The reverse design features images of favorite characters dressed in holiday attire with gifts and a Christmas tree.
The Royal Canadian Mint released a coin under their “$20 for $20” silver coin program which features a fanciful depiction of a snowman in a snowball fight. Each coin is struck in 7.96 grams of 99.9% pure silver and was offered for its face value of $20. I couldn’t resist picking up a few of these to distribute as Christmas gifts to a few lucky family members. [original article]
For the first time ever, the Royal Canadian Mint issued an ultra high relief coin with color. The reverse design features the image of a colorful Christmas ornament which carries a deeply indented star at center surrounded by a blossom of colors in green, red, and blue. The coin is quadruple struck , hand polished, and uses a sheet effect colorization technique that makes the colors glitter under light. [original article]
Another special holiday themed coin from Canada uses their popular feature of a three-dimensional Venetian glass inset. The design of the coin carries an outdoor winter scene including a Christmas tree with a pair of ice skates beneath, a snow covered log cabin, a wooden bench with a cup of hot cocoa, and snow covered trees with snow flakes in the air. The Venetian glass snowman at the center of the coin is handcrafted by master glass makers in Murano, Italy, Vio col vetro, which means each snowman is unique.
A final Canadian coin worth showcasing is the 50-cent cupronickel coin which includes a two image lenticular design to create a 3D effect. The first image of the coin shows an evergreen outdoors depicted in cool shades of blue and violet. The second image shows the tree transported into a home where it has been decorated and surrounded by presents depicted in warm vibrant colors.
Produced by the Pobjoy Mint and issued under the authority of the Isle of Man are a series of coins showcasing some beloved holiday characters. Cupronickel, silver, and gold coins across various sizes and denominations are available featuring characters from The Snowman, a popular children’s picture book and later an animated film. My kids were excited to see pictures of these coins since they recognized the characters from the book and film. [original article]
A coin produced by the Mint of Poland and issued under the authority of the island of Niue features some unique aspects. Images of snowflakes which are present on the coin come from the first photographs of snowflakes made in 1880 by Wilson A. Bentley. A special 4-angle latent image technique has been used so that depending on the angle of the coin four different snow flakes can be seen. The design is completed with image of the two angels from the “Sistine Madonna” painting by Raphael Santi. [original article]
To wrap things up, here is a New Year’s Eve themed coin from the Royal Australian Mint. The design shows landmarks of Sydney with a colored display of fireworks overhead. [original article]