This $3 fine silver coin is a unique keepsake that delivers a touching and intimate perspective of Canada according to one of its most treasured personalities, Martin Short. Short consulted extensively with Canadian artist Tony Bianco to create this coin to express what Canada means to him. It features Short’s summer home in the Muskoka of northern Ontario—a peaceful and inviting place that Short affectionately describes as, “the most staggeringly beautiful part of Canada,” that serves up all the amenities necessary for him to laugh, play and relax like nowhere else on Earth.
The coin’s reverse design shows a sailboat gliding across a serene lake towards a boathouse while pine and maple trees provide an inviting canopy over two Adirondack chairs. Nearby, Canada’s National Flag proudly waves from a marine-inspired flag pole standing on one of the region’s signature whaleback rocks.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
- A unique keepsake providing an intimate perspective on Canada according to one of its famous personalities, comedic actor Martin Short.
- Designed in consultation with Martin Short as an interpretation of Mr. Short’s photos and personal stories to create the wonderfully inviting and serene image for this coin.
- A rare face value of $3 adds an expected touch of intrigue to this finely crafted 99.99% fine silver coin.
Face Value: 3 dollars
Mintage: 15, 000
Composition: 99.99% fine silver
Weight (g): 7.96
Diameter (mm): 27
Artist: Tony Bianco
Advertising Date: June 4, 2013
Launch Date: June 11, 2013
Coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a custom beauty box.
Finished Packaging Size:
67 mm x 67 mm
Complete Certificate Text:
“Canada is the most remarkable country in the world.
In my international travels all these years, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t rather envious when I proudly proclaimed that I was indeed Canadian. As they should be. Multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-hip; that’s Canada to me. And as much as I adore the excitement of its cities, it’s rural Canada that has always had my heart.
I am lucky enough to own a cottage on a lake roughly three hours north of Toronto in a staggeringly beautiful part of Canada known as Muskoka. It’s nature at its most spectacular; so peaceful, inviting and serene. And when I’m there, I laugh and play like nowhere else. When I’m there, I feel like I’m in heaven. More than anything, that is what Canada means to me.”
Martin Short: Canada’s comedic treasure
Canadian Martin Short is a celebrated comedic performer known for his clever wit, versatility and superb comic timing. Although Short originally studied for a career in social work, his true path quickly materialized when his friend Eugene Levy encouraged him to give television a try.
Success with CBC’s Second City, then SCTV and Saturday Night Live led to film and Broadway and a continually remarkable career. For over forty years, Martin Short has done it all. His awards list is equally diverse and includes a Gemini, an Emmy, a Tony, the Order of Canada plus a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Short currently lives in California, but his all-time favourite place remains Lake Rosseau in northern Ontario.