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2018 FINE SILVER 3-COIN SET - ROYAL CANADIAN MINT COIN LORE: THE COINS THAT NEVER WERE

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  • 2018 FINE SILVER 3-COIN SET - ROYAL CANADIAN  MINT COIN LORE: THE COINS THAT NEVER WERE
  • 2018 FINE SILVER 3-COIN SET - ROYAL CANADIAN  MINT COIN LORE: THE COINS THAT NEVER WERE
  • 2018 FINE SILVER 3-COIN SET - ROYAL CANADIAN  MINT COIN LORE: THE COINS THAT NEVER WERE
  • 2018 FINE SILVER 3-COIN SET - ROYAL CANADIAN  MINT COIN LORE: THE COINS THAT NEVER WERE
  • 2018 FINE SILVER 3-COIN SET - ROYAL CANADIAN  MINT COIN LORE: THE COINS THAT NEVER WERE
$269.95

Description

His designs still grace our circulation coins today, but Emanuel Hahn’s 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 Hahn’s “coins that never were” 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.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

SRP

$269.95

Item Number

164563

UPC

6-23932-08866-5

Mintage

5,500

Finish

Reverse Proof

Artist

Emanuel Otto Hahn

Packaging

Standard maroon clamshell with black beauty box

 

 

Polar Bear

Goose

Caribou

Denomination

25 ¢

25 ¢

5 ¢

Composition

99.99% Pure Silver

Weight

31.39 g

Diameter

38 mm

Edge

Serrated

 

 

 

 

  

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • DIGGING INTO OUR PAST: A unique exploration of Canadian coin lore and a peek at the art that lies buried in the history of the Royal Canadian Mint.
  • FIRST EVER APPEARANCE ON A COIN: Preserved as part of the National Currency Collection, these three designs by Emanuel Hahn have NEVER appeared on a coin—until now.
  • REVERSING HISTORY: Since these designs were proposed for circulation coins issued in 1937, each obverse includes the effigy of King George VI as an added touch of historical accuracy.

DESIGN:

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 artist’s vision, the Royal Canadian Mint’s engravers pored over every fine detail contained in one of the few resources still available today: Hahn’s 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 “CANADA” is engraved at the top while the face value “25 CENTS” and the updated year “2018” 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 “25 CENTS”, the year “2018” and the word “CANADA” are also engraved in the starry sky.

The five-cent coin’s reverse (NCC-1963.59.15.25 - Bank of Canada Archives) has a remarkable tie to the present: it is Hahn’s original caribou design, the precursor to the one now synonymous with Canada’s 25-cent circulation coin. Viewed in side profile, the ungulate moves beneath the night sky, where the Big Dipper is clearly visible. The caribou’s antlers reach into the legend, where the word “CANADA” is engraved alongside the year “2018”; beneath the flat landscape, an oversized “5” winds its way through the word “CENTS”.

The obverse of each coin features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.

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