For the first time ever, this $20 pure silver coin features
hundreds of tiny
genuine diamonds to recreate the light-reflecting
qualities of snow and ice under the arctic sun.
The dazzling glitter effect is combined with detailed engraving and
selective colour to capture the exceptional beauty of the Canadian Arctic
landscape. The center design features an imposing polar bear as it moves across
the rugged terrain, but it is the glittering appearance of the snow and ice
made of real diamonds that inevitably draws the eye towards the ground beneath
the bear’s feet.
The coin weighs one ounce of pure silver, and has a limited mintage
of just 7,500 pieces. As a pure silver
coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.
The reverse design by Canadian
artist Glen Loates artfully combines highly detailed engraving with the
selective application of colour and diamond glitter to capture the stunning
beauty of the Canadian Arctic landscape. In the center, a polar bear is
sure-footed as it moves across the rugged terrain, where it pauses briefly to
lift its head and use its formidable sense of smell. The side-profile view
allows for a close examination of the bear’s distinctive outline and the
textured rendering of its famously white fur.
Beneath the bear’s feet the careful application of
Diamond Glitter recreates
the light-reflecting qualities of snow and ice crystals in daylight—an effect
that is further enhanced by the coin’s silver surface in the engraved
background, where the frozen Arctic landscape is punctuated by rocky peaks
beneath the engraved face value “20 DOLLARS”.