It’s a magical moment that many look forward to each year—the moment the CP Holiday Train comes rolling in! This large format lenticular 50 cent coin captures the thrill of an annual tradition that raises spirits and raises funds to help those in need. Decked out in colourful lights and festive decorations, the CP Holiday Train is greeted by smiling crowds at every stop, where music and community spirit come together for a whistle-stop concert that benefits local food banks— even when the show must go online. Tilt the coin to see the train lit up at night. Mintage is limited to 100,000.
The lenticular effect fuses two colour images and provides a smooth, seamless transition whenever the coin is tilted. The first image shows the CP Holiday Train in daylight and provides a view of the festively decorated locomotive as it journeys across Canada. The second image offers a nighttime view that captures the excitement of seeing the train pull into a community, its locomotive and cars lit up by hundreds of thousands of lights. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
The CP Holiday Train has been an annual holiday fundraising tradition since 1999. Each November and December, the brightly decorated trains (there are two of them) can be seen travelling along the main line across Canada and the United States, with scheduled stops in 150 communities. Each train is equipped with a modified box car that serves as a stage at each stop, where a star-studded concert entertains the crowd while volunteers collect money and food donations for the local food bank. It’s a magical experience that embodies the spirit of the giving season—to date, more than 4.8 million pounds of food donations and $19 million have been raised through the CP Holiday Train program, and its effects ripple through the entire year.