1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Hot Air Balloons - Mintage: 5,000 (2017)
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1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Hot Air Balloons - Mintage: 5,000 (2017)

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1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Hot Air Balloons - Mintage: 5,000 (2017)

$114.95 CAD
Mintage: 5,000
STATUS:
Canada and US only

UP, UP, AND AWAY! Rich, vibrant colour, and elliptical shape! Order today!

Join the adventure in the sky with this brightly coloured coin that takes you high above the ground to celebrate the many festivals that fill Canada's skies with breathtaking colour and shapes each year. Even the coin itself is specially crafted to echo the balloon's inverted teardrop shape!

Extremely fine detailing and tilt-shift perspective deliver a remarkable depth of field that will make you feel as if you're floating in a basket high above the ground, gazing out at big billowing clouds of vibrant orange, green, purple and blue as they float down the mountain valley. A red-and-white balloon salutes the rich ballooning tradition that can be found across Canada from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia and the Far North, where passengers can experience the ride of their lives as they enjoy Canada's breathtaking landscapes in this exhilarating way—share the magic wherever you are with this original, excitement-filled keepsake!

A vibrant and energizing keepsake for balloon enthusiasts! Order today!

Special features:
  • A SPECIAL 2017 KEEPSAKE! Canada's balloon festivals will be extra special in 2017 to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. Your coin is an original, must-have keepsake to mark this historic occasion!
  • YOU FEEL AS IF YOU ARE RIGHT THERE! Rich, vibrant colour, exceptional detail and tilt-shift perspective draws you in. You feel as if you are right there, looking out at the world from your basket high above the ground!
  • 1 OUNCE 99.99% PURE SILVER! Your coin is designed from one ounce of pure silver, with rich colour, and an elliptical shape!
  • LOW MINTAGE! Your coin is GST/HST exempt with a limited mintage worldwide of only 5,000!

Design:

Canadian artist Calder Moore created a captivating and immersive design filled with rich, vibrant colour. The compelling tilt-shift perspective uses strategic sizing and placement of the balloons—a larger balloon extending beyond the field of the coin, and progressively smaller balloons disappearing in the distance—to create an exceptional depth of field that draws the viewer in, as if they are in a basket, gazing out at dozens of other balloonists out for a ride down a mountain valley. Majestic mountains in the distance enhance the sense of depth, while a red-and-white maple leaf balloon salutes Canada's rich ballooning tradition.

Did you know…

Beautiful colour has been a signature feature of hot air balloons since the first flight of 1783. Inventors Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier worked with wallpaper manufacturer Jean-Baptiste Réveillon to build their 1,700 m3 taffeta envelope, and Réveillon brought a strong sense of aesthetics to the project when he created a blue and gold design of flourishes, suns and zodiacs–and that is likely how the tradition of beauty took off.

The first passengers aboard a hot air balloon were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. They took to the air on September 19, 1783, two months before the first manned flight in Paris.

First hot air balloon in Canada was launched during the War of 1812 as a military post to observe American troops along the Quebec border.

Record-breaking landings in Canada took place in 1991 and 1995 when British billionaire Richard Branson and Swedish co-pilot Per Lindstrand made the first transpacific crossing in a hot air balloon and landed on a frozen lake 240 km west of Yellowknife (NT). Four years later, American businessman Steve Fossett completed the first solo flight across the Pacific when he landed his helium-filled balloon in a muddy field near Leader (SK).

The only Canadian ever to be honoured with a Montgolfier diploma, the most prestigious international hot air balloon award from the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale), is the Ottawa balloonist Sandra Rolfe. Her 7 1/2-hour flight in February 2015 set a world record for the longest time aloft in a balloon of its class. She holds more than 30 Canadian and international ballooning records and, in September 2016, managed to be back in the sky while still recovering from a severe stroke suffered in October 2015.

Four-season ballooning is an amazing adventure to be experienced anywhere in Canada, provided the snow isn't blowing. In fact, during winter, hot air balloons can take to the sky any time of day, unlike summer when flights usually take place in early morning or late afternoon when gentle breezes are prevalent.

Every year, brightly coloured hot air balloons fill the sky right across Canada as ballooning festivals attract thousands of visitors from around the globe.

BALLOONING FIRSTS
  • 1783 – First manned flight
  • 1785 – Crossing the English Channel
  • 1793 – Lift-off in North America. George Washington was present.
  • 1932 – Manned flight to the Stratosphere
  • 1978 – Atlantic Ocean (helium-filled balloon)
  • 1981 – Pacific Ocean (helium)
  • 1987 – Atlantic Ocean (hot air)
  • 1991 – Pacific Ocean (hot air)
  • 1999 – Around the world
  • 2016 – Record-breaking solo flight around the world. The pilot was 64-year-old Fedor Konyukhov, a Russian priest who completed the 34,000 km journey in 11 days. Riding as high as 10,000 m above the Earth, Konyukhov battled temperatures as low as -56°C as he travelled faster, farther, and succeeded on his first attempt.

UP

Warm air is lighter than cold air. Lift-off is achieved by heating the air within the envelope. The hotter the air, the higher the balloon will go.

DOWN

The balloon descends by releasing air through a valve at the top.

EAST, WEST

Going up or down is easy enough, but what about direction? This is where the pilot's mastery comes in as he reads changing wind speeds and direction, and takes the balloon up or down to catch the breeze that will take him in the right direction. To keep the flight stable, the pilot fires the burner at regular intervals throughout the voyage.

A WOVEN BASKET

Despite modern materials like aluminum and composite plastics, woven cane is still the preferred choice because it is extremely strong and flexible to handle the constant shifting, and relatively lightweight.

COMING FULL CIRCLE

Initially, balloonists would burn materials on board to generate the heat to propel the envelope upward. Then, hydrogen and helium were introduced as a safer option to an open flame. Hot air came back into favour about 50 years ago and is now produced using propane burners.

HEAVY LIFTERS

Balloons are used today as heavy-lift vehicles in remote areas (eg: logging operations), to broadcast aerial views during sporting events, and as advertising billboards.

Packaging:

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with black beauty box.

Order your coin today!

Reviews

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4.5

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Pros

  • Unique (8)
  • Attractive (7)
  • One of A kind (6)
  • Great quality (5)
  • Good value (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Special occasion (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality driven (7), Budget shopper (3)
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5.0

A unique coin.

By Luciano

from Toronto

About Me Quality Driven

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • One Of A Kind
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift For Child

    Great design, vibrant colours.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

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    By SHERMY55

    from CEREAL ALBERTA CANADA

    About Me Bargain Hunter

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • One Of A Kind
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday Gift

      nun

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Ballon Coin

      By Rob

      from Ontario

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Good Value
      • Great Quality
      • One Of A Kind
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

          I purchased the ballon coin to celebtate going on a hot air ballon ride with my 85 year old Mother. It was on her bucket list!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          3.0

          Alovely product, showed it to my friend and they were impres

          By city nut

          from Chilliwack, B.C. Canada

          About Me Quality Driven

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Great Quality
          • Unique

          Cons

          • Needs a case designed to hold the coin upright

          Best Uses

          • Gift For Adult
          • Special Occasion

          The coin it self is beautifully done but it is almost impossible to display properly.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          I like the odd shaped coins

          By Rick

          from Edmonton, ab

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Good Value
          • Great Quality
          • One Of A Kind
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Special Occasion

            I collect odd shaped coins

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Balloon coin better in person

            By Bikeguy

            from Mississauga,Ontario

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Great Quality
            • One Of A Kind
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Difficult To Personalize

            Best Uses

              I was surprised how much the coin appealed to me when I saw it in person

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Beautiful coin for many reasons.

              By mallagarr

              from Caplan,QC.

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              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Good Value
              • Great Quality
              • One Of A Kind
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift For Adult
                • Gift For Child
                • Special Occasion

                Great unique coin beautiful design.

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                Up, Up, and away

                By Coinman

                from Montreal, Qc

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                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Add to collection

                  Unique design with vibrant colours and nice detail. Way to go RCM !

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                  • No

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                  Specifications

                  • No.161098
                  • Mintage5,000
                  • Composition99.99% pure silver
                  • Finishproof
                  • Weight (g) 31.82
                  • Diameter (mm) 45 long x 33 wide
                  • Edgeinterrupted serrations
                  • Certificateserialized
                  • Face value20 dollars
                  • ArtistCalder Moore (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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