This 2018 $30 fine silver coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. The coin is rich in symbolism punctuated with braille, with selective colour, various finishes and textures that beautifully enhance the layering of two images within the coin design, while simultaneously creating distinct details and features to differentiate the eye from the mountain scene. Green is the most restful colour to the eye and in this design represents growth, harmony and safety. A bronze medallion featuring the same theme is also included as a free bonus. This set has an extremely limited mintage of just 3,000. HST/GST exempt.
Canadian artist Meghan Sims has created an intriguing design featuring an abstract eye superimposed over a mountain scene representing the institution that CNIB has built during its first century, with “100” in braille. The passage of time is conveyed by the sun and moon at the center, where selective green colour transforms the sun into an iris, with the moon as its pupil. Variations in colour, detail and texture symbolize the range of conditions and abilities experienced with sight loss. The curved horizon doubles as an eyelid, its lashes standing as trees in honour of the seven founders of the CNIB; the jack pine embodying the strength and resilience of people living with sight loss.