Canada Issues “The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal” Silver Coin


The Royal Canadian Mint has released “The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal” 1 oz. Silver Coin, available for $149.95 CAD. The 99.99% silver Proof coin utilizes borosilicate glass, glow-in-the-dark glass, and an opal insert to give the effect of a supernova surrounded by shining stars.

The coin’s reverse features a depiction of the opened dome of the Burke-Gaffney Observatory at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A press release points on that this observatory is one of the few to have discovered a supernova.


The reverse image of the open observatory and night sky was designed by Joel Kimmel, while the glass supernova was created by borosilicate artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay. Inscribed on the right of the design is CANADA 2016.


The coin carries a denomination of 20 dollars and has mintage limited to 8,500 units. It’s diameter measures 38 mm.


The coin’s obverse features Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with ELIZABETH II, D. G. REGINA, and 20 DOLLARS inscribed along the rim.


Also, an update on the 2016 “The Universe” Silver Coin, released back in July: that item has currently sold 89% of its 8,500-unit mintage, according the Mint’s product page for the coin.

For more information on “The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark Glass with Opal” 1 oz. Silver Coin, please visit the Royal Canadian Mint’s Web site. You can also watch a short promotional video for the item below.

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