Our fascination with UFOs and unexplained phenomena is featured on this 2021 $20 “Montreal Incident” fine silver coin, which transforms as select elements of the full colour image luminesce with the included black light flashlight. This is the fourth coin in an ongoing annual series, with previous issues selling out immediately and becoming extremely difficult to obtain in the secondary market.
Dubbed the “Montréal Incident,” this famous UFO sighting is presented as a colourful, glow-in-the-dark design which transports you to the rooftop pool at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal on the night of November 7, 1990, when a mysterious object suddenly appeared in the sky. On the coin, the UFO’s light beams are enhanced with black light paint technology, which is activated by the flashlight that comes with your coin. A Fresnel optical effect that alters that way light reflects on the coin, depending on your viewing angle—tilt the coin and you’ll see! Mintage is limited to just 5,000. GST/HST exempt.
The colourful image shows the event from the perspective of those who spotted the object from the rooftop pool at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal. The object’s bright light beams are amplified by black light paint technology and an engineered Fresnel effect, which varies the intensity of reflected light depending on the viewing angle. The obverse features a field pattern and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
About the Event - November 7, 1990, 7:20 p.m.: A tourist was enjoying a relaxing swim in the rooftop pool of the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal, when suddenly, green and yellow light beams emanating from a large, metallic object lit up the night sky. The woman alerted the lifeguard, who called the hotel’s security guard; soon, guests, hotel staff and management had gathered to view this anomalous aerial object, which continued to hover in place. When the light beams suddenly became brighter, police were called in. Baffled, the first officer on the scene contacted his superiors, and before long, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian military and even NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) were reportedly looking into this strange object. Sometime after 10 p.m., dense cloud cover obscured the view of the UFO, but photographs taken by a journalist provide compelling physical evidence of this unexplained phenomenon.