2018 $20 Golden Spring Pysanka - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932088757

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Country: Canada
Year: 2018

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Though many cultures regard the egg as one of spring's most enduring symbols, few do so as beautifully as the Ukrainian people, whose pysanka is a reminder of life's beginnings and the potential inherent in every living thing! Enhanced with reverse gold plating, this egg-shaped celebration of spring pays tribute to the tradition of the Ukranian Easter egg through the colours and motifs on its reverse.

Designed by Canadian artist Ann C. Morash, the pysanka-themed reverse is adorned with multiple precision-engraved patterns and traditional symbols that, when viewed together as one, express a wish for spring to arrive and the earth to awaken from its winter slumber.

A full colour application allows glimpses of the coin's reverse gold plating, which adds a golden nuance to select elements throughout the reverse. As per Ukrainian tradition, each colour carries deeper meaning: blue is for the sky, the air, and life-giving health; yellow signifies youth and purity; red is the colour of joy and passion; green is associated with spring and its message of hope and renewal; and black suggests the darkest time before dawn, and the idea of eternity.

The outer edge features a partial view of a flower that symbolizes beauty and the blossoming of spring, followed by a linear pattern of branches and sprouting buds that represent nature's awakening. As a stylistic representation of birds, the coxcombs within the next band symbolize spring and fertility, while the dots represent tears. The widest band features a traditional representation of stars and the sun as a symbol of life, good fortune and growth; the solar theme extends to the circles that represent eternity and the light of the sun, while the wavy lines signify the sun's rays and human frailty. The small triangles represent a trinity: fire, air and water, or a more spiritual-based interpretation that includes the heavens.

These four bands are mirrored on the other side of a centre band, which reveals the coin's silver surface and bears the engraved face value "20 DOLLARS", the year "2018" and the word "CANADA". The reverse gold-plated obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

A first for an egg-shaped coin, reverse gold plating complements the vibrant colours on the reverse and accentuates the silver coin's engraved elements, including the effigy on the obverse.

From the smallest dot to the "sky" blue colour, every single design element has symbolic, even historic meaning in this design based on Ukrainian tradition.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2018

Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.82 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.021 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Colourful Pysanka-themed Reverse with Mutiple Patterns
Artist: Ann C.Morash
Finish: Proof with Reverse gold plating
Series: Pysanka Series
Quantity Produced: 5000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canadian, Royal Canadian Mint, Celebrate Canada, The Seasons

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