Canada releases a Canada-shaped coin

Article Image

Step aside America,...

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 10:44 AM

Step aside America, Canada just reinvented the coin.

The Royal Canadian Mint decided to break the mold -- literally -- and design a coin in the shape of Canada in honor of Canada Day.

Erica Maga, product manager at the Royal Canadian Mint, told CNN this was a first for the Mint. The engineering and research and development teams worked together to create the innovative shape before the design was selected. The Mint reached out to artist Alisha Giroux, who had previously designed a Canadian map with a different animal for each province.

"I remembered that a few years ago, we had a meeting with Ms. Giroux where she had brought in a print of her map of Canada design," Maga said. "I knew at once it would be just perfect."

Giroux told CNN she had designed the Canadian map years ago just for fun so having her design on a coin was surreal.

"I cried happy tears," Giroux said. "I was ready to retire the design, and this was the best send-off I could ask for."

Giroux specializes in wildlife illustration, especially with Canadian animals.

"The map itself, with all its various islands and provincial shapes, often looked like animals to me growing up -- Baffin Island, for examples, looks like a dog on its back, and Newfoundland always resembled a dinosaur," Giroux said.

The limited-edition coin costs a whopping US $260 ($339 Canadian) and was only printed 2,000 times. Maga said the coin costs so much because it's is made from three ounces of pure silver and was difficult to manufacture.

"The coins were struck, and then the edges were finished before the coloured design was applied very carefully to ensure it aligned perfectly with the engraved relief," Maga said.

This isn't the first time the Mint has created unique coin shapes. They have made a variety of different shapes, including squares and the famous maple leaf. They also developed the world's first glow-in-the-dark circulation coins. Maga said Australia is the only other country, to her knowledge, that has designed a coin in the shape of their country.

The coin, titled "The Canadian Landscape," can be found here.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 375133

Reported Deaths: 30174
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City20540621752
Nassau407132132
Suffolk401531916
Westchester337671385
Rockland13280655
Orange10471444
Erie6308549
Dutchess3962142
Monroe3081230
Onondaga2295149
Albany1930112
Ulster170477
Sullivan140531
Putnam126860
Niagara108570
Oneida106958
Schenectady70129
Broome59345
Rensselaer49528
Saratoga49314
Columbia40034
Madison31915
Warren25628
Orleans24741
Steuben24541
Greene24118
Washington23813
Ontario2189
Fulton21518
St. Lawrence2072
Genesee2055
Tompkins1650
Chemung1371
Chenango1330
Tioga13322
Wayne1213
Livingston1207
Herkimer1133
Oswego1123
Clinton974
Cayuga961
Montgomery964
Chautauqua954
Cattaraugus910
Wyoming875
Delaware824
Jefferson740
Otsego735
Seneca600
Schoharie510
Allegany490
Cortland410
Yates396
Essex380
Franklin230
Lewis200
Schuyler120
Hamilton50
Unassigned00
Utica
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 73°
Oneonta
Broken Clouds
67° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 67°
Herkimer
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 73°
Thendara
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 73°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
Menu 2 Go list of takeout dinners & fish fries
Apply to Go the Distance 2020
23 courses for only $79.99