2016 $20 Canadiana Kaleidoscope: Polar Bear - Pure Silver Coin

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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This dynamic and innovative 2016 coin uses a new large 60 mm one ounce format to capture the magic of a Kaleidoscope.  Tumbled glass and coloured shapes create amazing patterns inside a kaleidoscope, and this breakthrough new series explores the incredible designs that can be achieved when great Canadian icons become the focus of the kaleidoscope’s reflective magic, starting with the polar bear.  This 60 mm coin is the largest diameter one ounce silver coin ever issued by the Royal Canadian Mint.  Mintage is limited to just 7,500 coins.  As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this coin is GST/HST exempt.

The Design:

Canadian artist Calder Moore has created a full-sized kaleidoscope design for the coin’s extra-large surface. Countless polar bears come together in a complex pattern of amazing beauty, some face-to-face to create the outer ring of the design, while smaller bears stand rear-to-rear to form the rings in the center. At the extreme edge of the coin, the image of the polar bears becomes more obvious while individual design features endless shapes. The design is meticulously crafted with astounding detail, and beautifully enhanced with a myriad of shades of translucent blue to capture the reflective essence of a kaleidoscope.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2016

Diameter: 60mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.85 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.024 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Polar Bear Kaleidoscope
Artist: Calder Moore
Finish: Proof
Series: Canadiana Kaleidoscope, No. 1 of 3
Quantity Produced: 7,500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Celebrate Canada

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