2014 $20 FINE SILVER COIN - 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
For 100 years, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Ontario, has connected visitors with the natural world around them, as well as the many cultures that have shaped human history.
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Artist: RCM engravers
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with protect sleeve
- The reverse design features a gold-plated image of the Statue of Cleopatra VII, one of the earliest pieces acquired by the museum. The granite bust is believed to be a rare representation of the young woman who would become the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, and earn immortal fame through romantic conquests.
- Detailed engraving and the use of several finishes beautifully highlight the distinctive architectural details of the Royal Ontario Museum’s renowned Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.
- A great addition to any collection featuring rare antiquities, architecture or history.
At right is a gold-plated image of the Statue of Cleopatra VII, a unique piece that was purchased in the early 1900s by the museum’s first director. This ancient granite bust is believed to be a rare, idealized representation of the Egyptian queen whose romantic conquests earned her immortality. Behind the bust, the crystalline-like shape of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal rises up to fill much of the image field, adding a modern element to the design. Its angled, prismatic structures are rendered in beautiful detail – from the aluminum strips giving the building its brushed metal appearance, to the many windows that capture and reflect light. The museum’s centennial is commemorated above the building with the words “100 YEARS ANS,” while below are engraved the face value of “20 DOLLARS” and the word “CANADA.” The obverse image is Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.