This 2018 $25 convex proof fine silver coin is the ultimate fusion of history and modern minting innovation. Curved in the shape of a baseball, the design is both a baseball itself, and an engraved depiction of the first recorded baseball game played in Canada 180 years ago. The sharply convex coin is dated 2018 with a $25 denomination and weighs about one ounce of pure silver. Adding to its collectability, the mintage is limited to just 5,000. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.
The reverse design by artist Steve Hepburn deftly combines art and technology to re-create a historic sports moment. Paired with engraved stitchwork, the coin's curvature transforms the reverse into a baseball-shaped canvas fit for commemorating the most detailed earliest documented game played in Canada. The highly detailed image provides a prime view of the action during the match, which took place on June 4, 1838, in Beachville, ON. As seen from behind the "knocker's stone" (home plate today), the participants from Beachville and Zorra are all in position: one team stands in the open field, ready to catch the ball; a "knocker" (batter) from the opposing team grips the "club" (bat) as he keeps his focus on the ball tossed by the "thrower" (pitcher); to the right of him, an "umpire" leans in to rule whether the ball is "fair" or "unfair". At their feet, the denomination "25 Dollars" is engraved in a vintage style font, while in the arched banner above the double commemorative dates "1838" and "2018" flank a rendering of the equipment used in that era: two clubs (crossed) and a yarn ball covered by stitched calfskin.