2019 $20 Sky Wonders: Fire Rainbow - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932097315

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Country: Canada
Year: 2019

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From nighttime displays to unusual occurrences, the skies over Canada give us plenty of
reasons to look up in awe. Three of natureÕs optical illusions are re-created in the Royal Canadian MintÕs limited Sky Wonders series, beginning with a blacklight-activated fire rainbow that is colourful, rare, and completely spellbinding.

A rarity: The fire rainbow
This rare halo takes the form of a wispy, rainbow-coloured cloud or band in the sky. Unlike a true rainbow, a fire rainbow requires no rain; instead, the fair-weather phenomenon appears when the sun hangs high in the sky and the cirrus clouds align. When light passes through these high-altitude clouds, it is refracted by plate ice crystals within. These crystals act like tiny suspended prisms that produce the curious rainbow pattern seen on this coin.

Designed by Tony Bianco, the reverse features an engraved lakeside setting on a mid-summer day. Rolling hills rise up towards the colour portion of the design, where the sun hangs high in the blue-coloured sky. Sunlight passing though the cirrus clouds produces a fire rainbow, which is enhanced by a blacklight-activated effect. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. Included with the coin is a black-light flashlight that activates the optical illusion.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2019

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

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Rainbow over Mountain
Artist: Tony Bianco
Finish: Proof
Series: Sky Wonders
Quantity Produced: 5000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Sky Wonders

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