The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new series, which for the first time incorporates black light technology to enhance the design. The four coin series is entitled “Weather Phenomenon” with two releases scheduled for this year and two releases the following year.
The first coin in the series carries a depiction of a summer storm. The reverse design by Canadian artists Tony Bianco and Arnold Nogy features a landscape with a lone eastern white pine, shaped by steady winds, rising from a small rocky island in Ontario’s Georgian Bay. The background features a stylized forest under a stormy sky. Under a black light, which is included, the coin’s specialized technology is activated allowing the lightning bolts to radiate across the sky with life-like intensity and luminosity.
The product description indicates that the reverse design can be appreciated under any light, but viewing with the black light adds intense vibrancy to the lightning bolts.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. The mintage is 8,000 pieces.
The second coin is scheduled to be released in November 2015. The third and fourth coins of the series will come in April 2016 and September 2016.