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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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