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The fifth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting new O Canada series focusing on iconic Canadian images, this beautiful coin celebrates the great Canadian tradition of cottage living.

This 10-Dollar coin is certified to be 99.99% fine silver with a diameter of 34 millimeters and a metal weight of 15.87 grams. The reverse design by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo presents a scene centered around a waving man sitting in a Muskoka chair on the dock, overseeing four children as they dive and swim in the cool lake waters. In the foreground of the image is the bow of a canoe, viewed from within the canoe so that the viewer is the object of the happy family’s waved greetings. In the background, a balcony-fronted cabin sits nestled among the smooth rocky outcropping of the wooded shoreline. In the distance, a sailboat floats in the water before distant woodlands. The sky is filled with stylized sunbeams radiating the warmth of summer days spent together in nature’s bounty. Framing the reverse image is a polished outer band engraved with the word “CANADA,” the date “2013,” and the face value of “10 DOLLARS,” as well as a small stylized Muskoka chair symbol. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.


Special Features:

  • This is the fifth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting new O Canada ½ oz silver coin series. The series focuses on iconic Canadian images to celebrate all that makes Canada unique. Rendered in 99.99% pure silver with limited mintages, this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors.
  • Future coins in this series include images on the Wolf, Caribou, Orca and Maple Leaf and other iconic Canadian images, and is available as part of a monthly subscription.
  • This beautiful silver coin comes in a clamshell case encased in a special full-colour beauty box.
  • Engraved in exquisite detail to celebrate one of Canada’s most popular pastimes.
  • A great gift and collectible to celebrate Canada’s natural wonders, the Canadian North, Canada’s Arctic, and the country’s unique iconography.

Product Specifications:
Face Value: 10 dollars
Mintage: 40,000
Composition: 99.99% fine silver
Weight (g): 15.87
Diameter (mm): 34
Edge: Serrated
Certificate: Serialized
Artist: Claudio D’Angelo

Advertising Date: May 7, 2013
Launch Date: May 14, 2013

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a customized full color beauty box.
Finished size: 67 mm x 67 mm


Complete certificate text:
O Canada
Canada’s national identity is much like its majestic landscape: diverse, storied, and sometimes elusive. In the ever-changing tectonics of Canadian culture, identifiers tend to reflect the nation’s multicultural nature and its geography, fauna and flora, and social and political institutions. Born of this complex background, Canadian icons are distinct because they carry meaning for all Canadians, regardless of where we live or how we came to be here. These are the images that plumb the depths of Canadian pride and kindle Canadians’ love for their home.
Lake, Woods, Seaside, Mountain: The Great Canadian Escape

To British Columbians, Albertans, Saskatchewan residents, and Newfoundlanders, it is a cabin. For Montrealers, it is a cabane or a shack. The residents of New Brunswick and Northern Ontario spend summer weekends at the camp. Cape Breton Islanders get away from it all at the bungalow. Manitobans head up to the lake. And Southern and Eastern Ontarians get back to nature at the cottage. Regardless of what it is called, the weekend retreat at the lake and in the woods is as Canadian as Mounties and maple syrup.

In a country with one of the world’s largest supplies of fresh water lakes and rivers, and some of the planet’s most pristine woodland, it is perhaps no surprise that Canadians spend their short, often intensely hot, summers fleeing congested urban areas each weekend. Cottaging has been a Canadian pastime for more than a century, as railroads and motor travel made the countryside more accessible from cities and villages. Since that time, Canadians across the land have set up and passed down, generation to generation, country abodes both humble and grand as a spot for peaceful escape from the workaday demands of life. Today, about 10% of Canadians own a vacation residence and millions more rent and visit these rural oases.

Although growing numbers of Canadians now venture to their recreational properties year-round, the mass exodus to cottage country generally begins on Victoria Day weekend (celebrated on the last Monday before May 25), a holiday that celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria (r. 1837 - 1901) and which also marks the first statutory holiday weekend of the warm-weather months in Canada.

The cottage, cabin, cabane, shack, bungalow, and camp is where Canadians boost their quality of life by unplugging and spending time in quiet pursuit of pleasure, or in happy companionship with friends and family. The worries of city and suburb—keeping the children occupied, meeting deadlines, fighting noise and traffic—dissolve with the golden glow of the summer sun setting behind a line of dark evergreens. This is where Canadians regain their perspective and reconnect with what they love most.

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