This 2017 $15 pure silver coin features a luminous re-creation of a father and son’s spectacular view of the setting sun from their canoe. Canadians have a deep, enduring connection with nature that is evidenced by the many activities we enjoy outside throughout the year. With so many rivers, lakes and waterways to explore, many Canadians enjoy canoeing as a peaceful activity that brings them closer to Mother Nature, and to each other. Mintage is limited to 15,000. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
The reverse design by Joel Kimmel features a tranquil lake setting at dusk. In this quintessentially Canadian scene, a full colour application over engraved elements captures the rich, colourful light cast by a spectacular sunset. To the left, a father and son have donned their life jackets for an evening paddle on the smooth waters.
With paddles still dipped in the water, they pause to admire the sun setting over the tree-lined shore; their near-identical poses hint at the passing of knowledge from one generation to another, as though canoeing is a proud family tradition. The sunset is beautifully reflected in the water’s surface; but when viewed in the dark, the design’s use of photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) technology continues the day’s transition to night. The setting sun has become a dim light over a landscape increasingly filled with shadows. Its reflection on the water casts a soft glow on the canoe and the paddlers, and softly illuminates the green lily pads.