Paddling a canoe along a tree-lined shore in the heart of the wilderness: it’s an iconic Canadian moment that captures Canada’s unique history and Canadians’ connection to their vast land. The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates the Canadian experience with its exciting new “Canoe Across Canada” series.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Greg Banning features an outdoorsman and his dog floating in their canoe on a still, reflective lake in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. The canoe crosses the image near the top, pointing toward the left side of the coin. The outdoorsman’s head is turned toward a nearby rocky shore in the background, while the husky’s attention is fixed on the reflection, in the still lake, of a bald eagle soaring in the sky above. The images reflected in the lake reveal more about the scene. The design also showcases a mixed evergreen and deciduous forest, characteristic of this part of Canada, rising above the water. On the shore, a three-gabled habitant-style house overlooks the water. The image is framed by an outer band engraved with maple leaves.
The Canoe Across Canada Series is also offered as a 6-coin subscription! The coins will be launched monthly from February 2015 to July 2015.