This vibrant 2018 $5 proof fine silver December coin is part of a birthstones series that features sparkling Swarovski® crystal embellishments within a colour-over-engraved series of symmetrical shapes and symbols meant to represent the cosmos. Like a kaleidoscope of ornate shapes and patterns, this mandala presents an image of symmetry, harmony and unity. Through this series, the Royal Canadian Mint combines art, astronomy and geometry in each beautiful birthstone coin.
The coin is dated 2018 with a $5 denomination and weighs just over one quarter ounce of pure silver. Adding to its collectability, the mintage is extremely limited to just 4,000. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.
The reverse by Pandora Young presents a cross-cultural celebration inspired by the ancient tradition of Indian mehndi. A symmetrical arrangement of highly ornate shapes and symbols form a 12-point radial pattern that reflects the calendar year. A prominent henna motif — the lotus — is among the finely detailed elements that emanate from the center, where a colourful Swarovski® crystal represents the December birthstone, tanzanite. A selective application of colour complements the stone, while the playful contrast between soft and vivid tones highlights the layered complexity of the engraved artistry. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.