Take in the wondrous nature of the Horseshoe Falls on this 2018 $30 photoluminescent coin, where the great Canadian landmark is a spectacular sight to behold, day and night. A formidable mix of raw power and beauty, Niagara Falls is one of the most awesome natural wonders of the world. In the summer time, nights are made even more breathtaking as fireworks explode with vibrant colours illuminating the rush of falling water. With a glow-in-the-dark special effect, this coin seems to magically capture both the daytime and summer night splendour of Niagara Falls. The coin weighs two ounces of pure silver, with a large format 50mm diameter and has a limited mintage of just 5,000. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.
One can almost hear the thunderous roar of rushing water in this reverse design by Tony Bianco. The elevated view provides a sweeping panorama of the Horseshoe Falls in its near entirety. There’s a sense of movement above the falls, where the powerful current of the upper Niagara River and the Cascade Rapids sends water racing over the crescent-shaped cataract. Bordered by Goat Island on the left and the Ontario shore on the right, the world-famous waterfall naturally commands attention as a tremendous volume of water tumbles over the crestline and into the river below, releasing cooling plumes of mist into the air. A full colour application only adds to the picture-perfect setting, where the water is nearly as blue as the sky above. But there is a hidden element to this design: a selective application of photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) and black light technologies allows for a second viewing of the scene, this time at night. A tradition since 1925, the nightly illumination of the falls adds an array of candy-like colours to the water while Canada’s longest running fireworks series lights up the night sky, embodying the pride that many Canadians have for one of our most famous natural wonders. The glow effect occurs after exposing the coin to the black light provided with this coin, then experience the sight of luminescent fireworks and illuminated water!