The Royal Canadian Mint just issued their latest Holiday commemorative coins. A new series offers two 99.99% pure silver coins showcasing the intricate structure and beauty of pine cones, enhanced with genuine Swarovski Elements.
The Holidays are a time of garlands and wreaths filled with evergreen boughs and pine cones; it’s a tradition that dates back to ancient times. People feared the darkening, cold days of winter and would light fires and decorate their homes with evergreen boughs to bring back the light and warmer weather. At the same time, they also noticed the pine, fir and spruce trees stayed green and preserved their fruits. As such, they became symbols of life, rebirth and re-generation.
The 2010 Moonlight and Ruby coins each show a pair of pine cones with a crystal-effect to enhance the pine needles and a decorative ribbon along the coin’s edge.
The Royal Canadian Mint also issued for the fourth year two 99.99% pure silver coins and a 14-karat gold coin showcasing the crystalline beauty of a snowflake shimmering with genuine Swarovski Elements—a round cluster of six crystals.
Snow influences everyday life across Canada; so much so, that extensive research has been undertaken to understand how this climatic phenomenon works. Canada is recognized for developing the world’s most accurate gauge for recording snowfall, as well as automated sensors that measure snow accumulation and melt on major glaciers and ice sheets. However, most people will agree that snow’s most endearing features are the beauty it brings to the landscape.
Its tiny ice crystals come in countless shapes and sizes. If the weather is very cold, the snowflakes will fall as “dry” powder. Or, they may form slender columns that look like tiny wooden pencils under a microscope. But, snowflake seekers can be treated to the iconic star shape that can be seen when the conditions are just right. Windless conditions and -15°C (5°F) temperatures mean every ice crystal can grow large and drift gently earthward without hitting any other crystals to form its sixsided shape.
The 2010 Blue and Tanzanite Snowflake silver coins, as well as the gold coin each show a six-sided dendrite ice crystal overlaid with Swarovski Elements.