2016 $25 FINE SILVER COIN 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVENTION OF BASKETBALL

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Description

The rules are simple—the pace, exciting! Every player has the opportunity to shine during a game of basketball, where smooth passing and soaring rebounds are just as important as gravity-defying dunks and three-point plays. This outstanding coloured convex-shaped coin proudly celebrates the 125th anniversary of a team sport that was invented by a Canadian and has since taken the world by storm!

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Mintage: 8,500
Weight (g)*: 30.75
Diameter (mm): 36.07
Face Value: $25
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Glen Green
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • An incredible FIRST: Introducing the RCM’s first-ever coloured convex-shaped coin.
  • Celebrate the 125th anniversary of a sport that was invented by a Canadian.
  • The coin’s unusual curvature offers the perfect canvas for recreating the rounded appearance of a basketball.
  • Outstanding attention to detail is evidenced by the engraved textural elements that make it feel like you’re holding a small basketball in the palm of your hand!
  • The unforgettable coin design makes this a must-have for collectors, and a slam-dunk gift idea for any basketball fan!

DESIGN
The reverse design by Canadian artist Glen Green utilizes the coin’s deeply convex curvature to recreate the rounded shape of a basketball. In addition to the engineering complexity of the coin’s unusual shape, precision engraving replicates the tactile elements that are famously associated with the ball—specifically the recessed lines and dimpled surface—while the application of colour captures its iconic orange appearance. In the foreground, an engraved action shot captures the classic, fast-paced intensity of the game: the player on the left leaps towards the net as he goes for a dunk shot, while the player on the right moves quickly to defend the shot with his outstretched arm. On both sides, two engraved basketballs overlap the wide band that frames the reverse image, where the word “CANADA” is engraved above the commemorative dates “1891-2016” that mark basketball’s 125th anniversary.

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