Canada: Tree of life silver coin introduces a special celebration for 2018

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The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new silver coin which is specifically aimed at gift-givers who have coin collectors on their list. The theme of the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2018-dated gift coin is based on the idea of a “tree of life” or “a sacred tree” which is found in many early mythologies with different concepts of the tree of life having appeared in theology, philosophy, biology, and mythology over time. To many, the tree of life represents the connection between all forms of life on Earth, and as a link between heaven and our terrestrial world. This concept, or motif, has often been popularised by modern jewellery design, where it symbolises different notions such as knowledge, wisdom, security, and strength. It can also be seen as just a simple and beautiful celebration of life.

A spiritual and philosophical symbol for our world, this tree of life has a golden sheen that radiates light and warmth. The gold plating is more intricate than anything seen before on Royal Canadian Mint-produced coins, especially along the delicate, tendril-like branches that reach up into the sky. Painted leaves also complement the engraving by introducing luminous colours that shimmer and subtly shift in the light. The result is a spellbinding work of art that is both beautiful and meaningful, especially appropriate for a special anniversary, birthday, wedding, or any other important family celebration.

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The coin is designed by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn and illustrates a beautifully artistic interpretation of a tree of life as a representation of the different aspects of our existence. Spreading out beneath the earth, the gold-plated roots anchor the tree and provide a solid foundation for its trunk. The curled branches strike a golden contrast next to the painted leaves. With all of its curved branches and intertwined roots, the complexities of this engraved design display the application of more intricate gold plating than ever seen before. Just above the earth is the engraved word CANADA to the left of the tree, while the face value 20 DOLLARS and the year 2018 are engraved on the right side.

The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is designed by Susanna Blunt, and has been seen on all Canadian circulation and many commemorative coins since 2003. The Queen’s effigy and flat edge are also intricately applied with gold plating.



Weight Diameter Quality

Maximum Mintage


.999 Silver

31.3 g 38 mm Proof with gold plating


The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon custom case with a black outer protective box and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional information on this and other coins available from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website.

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