2017 $20 Under the Sea: Seahorse - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932077744

Year: 2017

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This 2017 seahorse design $20 fine silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2017 is enhanced with the use of colour, engraving and mosaic Murrini sculpted borosilicate glass element.  The sea has its secrets, for beneath the ocean waves lies a hidden realm filled with enchantment and wonders of all shapes and sizes. This colourful underwater paradise is home to awe-inspiring creatures such as the diminutive seahorse.  Mintage is limited to just 7,500 coins.  HST/GST exempt.

The Design:

The reverse design by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais offers a glimpse of the hidden underwater world off Canada’s Atlantic coast, thanks to its depiction of a shallow sea grass habitat. The application of vivid coloured enamel over the detailed engraving recreates the textured rocks, seashells and swaying green grasses that line the sandy ocean floor. To the right, a handcrafted glass embellishment contains a striking seahorse-shaped mosaic Murrini element. The mosaic-based approach to this glass art technique lends itself well to recreating the seahorse’s speckled colouring, while other features such as its bony armour, pointed snout and curled tail are equally captured in extraordinary detail.


Mosaic Murrini:

The seahorse-shaped glass element is the result of a laborious handcrafted process in which different colours of glass rods (stringers) are layered and fused together to form a colourful mosaic that reveals the final image when sliced. The handcrafted nature of both the murrini element and its glass enclosure make each coin unique. Despite its delicate appearance, the glass embellishment is sculpted from borosilicate glass, which is highly resilient yet lightweight. 




Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2017

Diameter: 38mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.39 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.009Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Seahorse
Artist: Maurice Gervais
Finish: Proof
Series: Under the Sea
Quantity Produced: 7500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Wildlife

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