This 2017 $20 one ounce pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint is both a limited edition collectible and a beautiful work of art. This newest coin celebrates one of its tiniest creations with a Murano glass beetle poised on a coloured dogbane plant. Murano glass is famous for its bright, fluid colours, and beetle sparkles and shines with all the eye-catching iridescence that has made insects a popular form of ornamentation since ancient times. Mintage is limited to 8,500 coins. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
This coin’s reverse design is punctuated by a shimmering Venetian glass beetle that was handcrafted by master glassmaker Giuliano Donaggio in Murano, Italy. The glass beetle is poised on a coloured design by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais that features the leaves and pink, bell-shaped flowers of the dogbane plant, one of the beetle’s preferred food sources.
Murano glass coins from the Royal Canadian Mint are highly sought after today for their beauty and collectability, and all issues to date have quickly sold out. Because the Murano glass dogbane beetle has been fashioned by hand, each coin is unique!