This new and innovative two ounce fine silver $30 coin features a filigree gate fashioned in painted bronze, providing a view of an enchanted garden through the wrought iron fence. With a low mintage of just 5,500 coins, it is also likely to sell out quickly. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
Inspired by gardens across Canada, the reverse design pays tribute to nature’s beauty and the artistic endeavours of Canadian gardeners. At first glance, there’s a prevailing sense of enchantment and mystery thanks to the filigree gate that stretches across the reverse. Fashioned from white bronze and inspired by an 18th century design, the filigree garden gate by Canadian artist Margaret Best has an intricate, almost delicate appearance that belies its resilience. The coin’s large diameter (50 mm) allows a breathtaking mix of colour-over-engraved details behind the gate, as the eyes wander down the stone pathway leading to the cottage. Designed by Canadian artist Tony Bianco, this magical summer garden brings together some perennial garden favourites in Canada: a climbing rose, hydrangea, phlox, bee balm, salvia and rudbeckia. All are depicted in full bloom, which heightens the larger-than-life quality of this picture-perfect setting.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.