Through distinctive brush strokes and bold colours, the oil paintings of Canadian artist Tom Thomson (1877-1917) transformed how Canada’s northern landscape was perceived at home and abroad. The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates one of Canada’s most influential artists of the early twentieth century by recreating details from this famous painting Spring Ice (1916).
Item Number: 150535
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Finish: Proof with gold plating
Serrated: Tom Thomson
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with standard beauty box
- This is only the second time that Thomson’s artwork is featured on a coin, and a rare opportunity to own expertly engraved renditions of well-known Thomson paintings.
- Each brushstroke from the painting has been recreated through expert engraving, which exemplifies the Royal Canadian Mint engravers’ extraordinary level of precision and craftsmanship.
- A wonderful and valuable addition to any nature-,Canadian art- or history-themed collection.
- A magnificent gift or collectible item for art appreciators.
This coin offers an engraved recreation of Tom Thomson’s landscape paintings: a one-ounce 99.99% fine silver coin featuring Spring Ice (1916). These smaller-scale renditions boast an astonishing amount of detail. Precision engraving masterfully recreates every brushstroke from the original canvases, with beautiful detailing and raised elements that recapture the depth and subtleties of Thomson’s work: the crispness of a spring day in the wilderness lends itself well to the silver coin, with leafless trees set against the open water that still carries some icy evidence of winter on its surface.
Tom Thomson, Spring Ice (1916)
Photo © National Gallery of Canada