Mintage: Just 4,000 Coins
Sold out from the RCM within minutes of release
Moonlight Fireflies was completely sold out from the Royal Canadian Mint within minutes of its release, and is likely to remain a popular and hard to find issue for years to come. Limited quantities remain available to order now at Canadian Coin & Currency. Catch your Firefly while you can!
The glow of a firefly on a hot summer night is a phenomenon that seems mysterious, elusive and almost magical, and often evokes childhood memories of trying to catch one by a lake or while camping in a forest. This is the coin that employees at the Royal Canadian Mint have been talking about since the design was first planned, and the coin some are already calling the “Coin of the Year”, anticipating international design and new technology awards. Using a large format 54 mm two ounce fine silver format with a $30 face value, this remarkable full coloured coin brings to life the magic of a firefly’s glimmer on a moonlit night with the use of glow-in-the-dark technology.
Unlike any coin issued before, the glow effect is in full colour with variable intensity, creating a subdued glow from the moon on the water, a more pronounced glow from the fire in the background, and an intense glow from the fireflies that appear in the foreground. The effect occurs after placing the coin in a light source for 30 to 60 seconds, then bringing it into the dark to experience the sight of luminescent fireflies at a campsite!
With an extremely low mintage of just 4,000 pieces, this coin is both a beautiful work of luminescent art and a high quality limited edition collectible. Moonlight Fireflies was completely sold out from the Royal Canadian Mint within minutes of its release, and is likely to remain a popular and hard to find issue for years to come. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
The entire reverse image by Canadian artist Ervin Molnar combines rich colours and detailed engraving to recreate the beauty of a moonlit night in the Canadian wilderness. Twilight brings tranquility to the forest, where a canoe has brought campers to rest along the shore for the night. There is an added element of magic in the warm night air as fireflies take flight and intermittently light up the darkness. In the foreground, two fireflies can be viewed up close and in great detail, with colour recreating their delicate wings and markings along their abdomen. But the full effect of the coin is best viewed in the dark after placing it in a light source; photo-luminescent technology transports the viewer into the coin’s campsite by recreating the only sources of light: the enchanting spark of light emitted by the fireflies, along with the campfire’s amber flames and the bright full moon that are reflected on the still surface of the water.