2018 3 - Coin Set Royal Canadian Mint Coin Lore: The Coins That Never Were - Pure Silver Coin Set

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Country: Canada
Year: 2018

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His designs still grace our circulation coins today, but Emanuel HahnÕs numismatic legacy runs deeper than even history remembers. In 1936, the artist submitted several concepts for new circulation coinage, but most were set aside. Now, some of HahnÕs Òcoins that never wereÓ are finally making the first-time leap from artwork to coin in this three-coin tribute set, which pulls back the curtain to shed more light on an important chapter in our history.

Each reverse features one of several designs proposed by Emanuel Hahn (1881-1957) for new Canadian circulation coins issued in 1937. To remain true to the artistÕs vision, the Royal Canadian MintÕs engravers pored over every fine detail contained in one of the few resources still available today: HahnÕs sketches, which are a part of the National Currency Collection.

The first 25-cent coin design (NCC-1963.59.15.35 - Bank of Canada Archives) features a polar bear standing on an ice floe, its head turned toward the right side of the coin, while the open sea is visible behind the mound. A stylistic representation of the Aurora Borealis hangs over the low horizon and stretches across the northern sky, only yielding to the Big Dipper asterism that is a common element on all three coins. The word ÒCANADAÓ is engraved at the top while the face value Ò25 CENTSÓ and the updated year Ò2018Ó are engraved over the ice.

The diamond-like stars are more prominent in the second 25-cent coin design (NCC-1963.59.15.34 - Bank of Canada Archives), which centres on a goose in flight. The side-profile view allows for the inclusion of several details, including the flight feathers along the outstretched wings. Here again, the Big Dipper adds a point of interest to the field, where the face value Ò25 CENTSÓ, the year Ò2018Ó and the word ÒCANADAÓ are also engraved in the starry sky.

The five-cent coinÕs reverse (NCC-1963.59.15.25 - Bank of Canada Archives) has a remarkable tie to the present: it is HahnÕs original caribou design, the precursor to the one now synonymous with CanadaÕs 25-cent circulation coin. Viewed in side profile, the ungulate moves beneath the night sky, where the Big Dipper is clearly visible. The caribouÕs antlers reach into the legend, where the word ÒCANADAÓ is engraved alongside the year Ò2018Ó; beneath the flat landscape, an oversized Ò5Ó winds its way through the word ÒCENTSÓ. The obverse of each coin features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.

A unique exploration of Canadian coin lore and a peek at the art that lies buried in the history of the Royal Canadian Mint.


Produced By: RCM
Year: 2018

Diameter: 38 mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.39 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.008 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: A Polar Bear , A Goose ,Caribou
Artist: Emanuel Hahn
Finish: Reverse Proof
Quantity Produced: 5500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canadian,Royal Canadian Mint,Canada's Money, RCM Sets

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