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Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8,500 (2016)

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Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8,500 (2016)

$159.95 CAD

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Mintage: 8,500
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A MINT FIRST! A coloured convex-shaped coin! Order today!

The rules are simple—the pace, exciting! Whether playing offence or defence, every player has the opportunity to let their skills shine in a game of basketball; but this action-packed sport also relies heavily on teamwork, where smooth passes and soaring rebounds are just as important as the gravity-defying dunks and three-point plays that drive spectators wild. Invented in 1891 by a Canadian, Dr. James Naismith, in 1891, basketball has evolved over time to become one of the most popular sports played around the world. Whether you're playing indoors or outdoors, it doesn't take much to play a simple pick-up game—all you need are two players, a ball, and a shared love for the game.

If you enjoy basketball, this coin was made for you! Order today!

Special features:
  • A MINT FIRST! Introducing our first-ever coloured convex-shaped coin!
  • RECREATES THE ROUNDED APPEARANCE OF A BASKETBALL! Your coin's unusual curvature offers the perfect canvas for recreating the rounded appearance of a basketball.
  • LOW MINTAGE! Only 8,500 coins will ever be made worldwide!
  • Celebrate the 125th anniversary of a sport invented by a Canadian. Your coin's design includes the commemorative dates of "1891-2016" that mark basketball's 125th anniversary.
  • OUTSTANDING ATTENTION TO DETAIL! Precision engraving replicates the tactile elements that are famously associated with the basketball—specifically the recessed lines and dimpled surface!
  • A SLAM-DUNK GIFT IDEA! The unforgettable coin design makes this a must-have for collectors, and a slam-dunk gift, ideal for any basketball fan!
  • 99.99% PURE SILVER! Crafted in 99.99% pure silver, your coin is GST/HST exempt!

About the Design:

Designed by Canadian artist Glen Green, your coin uses the coin's deeply convex curvature to recreate the rounded shape of a basketball. In addition to the engineering complexity of the coin's unusual shape, precision engraving replicates the tactile elements that are famously associated with the basketball—specifically the recessed lines and dimpled surface—while the application of colour captures its iconic orange appearance. In the foreground, an engraved action shot captures the classic, fast-paced intensity of the game: the player on the left leaps towards the net as he goes for a dunk shot, while the player on the right moves quickly to defend the shot with his outstretched arm. On both sides, two engraved basketballs overlap the wide band that frames the reverse image, where the word "CANADA" is engraved above the commemorative dates "1891-2016" that mark basketball's 125th anniversary. As the one side of your coin is convex, the other side is concave.

To keep athletes moving indoors during the cold winter months, James Naismith of Almonte, Ontario, invented basketball as a team-based game of skillful passing while teaching Physical Education at the International Young Men's Christian Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Points would be scored by throwing a soccer ball into the peach baskets mounted to the balconies on either end of the gym—although someone would need to climb up a ladder to retrieve the ball since open-ended nets were only introduced in 1913.

After its debut on December 21, 1891, the game was a hit and the first players who participated in those early games—including ten students from Quebec—introduced basketball to athletes and students elsewhere. In Canada, the sport's popularity is evidenced by the early success of a women's team known as the Edmonton Commercial Graduates (Grads), who reigned supreme between 1915 and 1940 as four-time world champions. By the 1930s, the sport had already spread to over
50 countries. Basketball's status as a sport was cemented when it became an official Olympic event during the 1936 Games in Berlin, where its inventor was on-hand to present the silver medal to the Windsor Ford V8s of Windsor, Ontario.

Did you know…
  • Over 450 million people of all ages and skill level play basketball, which has become one of the world's fastest-growing sports.
  • Far from the high scores of today's matches, the first ever basketball game ended in a 1-0 score.
  • The first women's game was played in 1893.
  • The dimples on a basketball were introduced to provide players with a better grip on the ball.
  • The backboard was a necessary addition during the sport's early days—it prevented spectators from interfering in the game by reaching over to handle the ball!
  • Dribbling was only permitted after a 1901 rule change, which allowed a single bounce but prohibited a player from shooting the ball afterwards. Continuous dribbling came in 1909 but another rule change in 1927 outlawed dribbling once again—the rule was abolished two weeks later.
  • The ball itself has a fascinating history: while basketball was initially played with a soccer ball, the first original ball design was introduced in 1894 and was made from brown leather strips laced together—a far cry from the bouncing manufactured basketballs of today! Over time, ball designs evolved with the game as the focus moved from passing to dribbling; eventually, the basketball acquired its iconic bright orange appearance that fills the colourful background on your coin's reverse, where the eye-catching curvature is itself an innovative feat of engineering.

Packaging:

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

Order your coin today!

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Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016)
 
4.7

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (1)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (40)
  • Attractive (37)
  • One of A kind (33)
  • Great quality (32)
  • Good value (19)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (11)

Best Uses

  • Gift (24)
  • Special occasion (17)
  • Gift for child (15)
  • Holiday gift (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality driven (36), Budget shopper (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31), Yes (18)

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5.0

Very pleased with the coin

By NoName

from Barrie, ON, Canada

About Me Grandparent

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Detailed
  • Displays Well
  • Mint Condition

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adults
    • Teens

    Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

    Very detailed, attractive, collectible

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    This item was great

    By Roger

    from Oshawa..ontario

    About Me Bargain Hunter, Quality Driven

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift For Child

      Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

      Gift for son

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      It was sold out when I tried to buy this coin the first time

      By Charlie

      from Guelph

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Quality
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Special Occasion

      Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

      This coin has gone to California to my great nephew (17 yrs old) who plays basketball

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      My collection

      By Crockett

      from Orillia ontario Canada

      About Me Quality Driven

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift For Adult
        • Special Occasion

        Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

        Another great coin for my collection

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Bought for Basketball Coach

        By Military Lover

        from TX

        About Me Quality Driven

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Good Value
        • Great Quality
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift For Adult
          • Special Occasion

          Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

          I bought this for retired Basketball Coach. I think he will love it!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          4.0

          First convex coloured coin

          By Don't have one

          from Canada

          About Me Quality Driven

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Great Quality
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift for basketball fan
            • Special Occasion

            Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

            Only way to improve on the coin would be to put the players in home and away Raptors uniforms

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            4.0

            motivation

            By Ava

            from Montreal,Qc

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • One Of A Kind

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift For Child

              Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

              My daughter(9) started learning basketball, and i saw the coin few days after!
              i kept the coin for giving it to her on her first achievement.
              let see....

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              4.0

              Cool coin

              By Coin enthusiat

              from USA

              About Me Quality Driven

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift For Adult

                Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

                Cool coin that makes the perfect gift for a basketball fan.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                 
                5.0

                A Wonderful Gift

                By Doting Grandparent

                from Alberta, Canada

                About Me Bargain Hunter, Doting Grandparent, Quality Driven

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift For Adult
                  • Gift For Child
                  • Holiday Gift
                  • Special Occasion

                  Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

                  Our grandson who is 17 lives and breaths Basketball will just love this coin commemorating
                  the beginning of Basketball. It is something he will cherish all his life. Something to hand down for generations.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Two thumbs up!

                  By Water Woman

                  from Alberta

                  About Me Love Unique Coins

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • One Of A Kind

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift For Adult

                  Comments about Pure Silver Coloured Coin – 125th Anniversary of the Invention of Basketball – Mintage: 8500 (2016):

                  Very special gift!
                  I would buy more than one if it wasn't so expensive.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                    Does the coin come with a certification certificate. Including the details regarding design, designer and weight of the coin?
                    Asked on 7/31/2016 by K from Vancouver, BC

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      The coin comes with a certificate with the name of the artist who designs the coin, the weight, etc. Due to the limited space in the certificate, the details regarding the design are not very elaborate; you will need to read the longer story on the Web page of the coin.

                      Answered on 8/11/2016 by Yudi (Product Team) from Ottawa
                  • Q:

                    What is the actual size?
                    Asked on 6/28/2016 by Master Peter from Ottawa, Ontario

                    2 answers

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Coin diameter is 36.07 mm.

                      Answered on 7/13/2016 by Yudi (Product Team) from Ottawa
                    • A:

                      36.07 mm and 30.75 grams , read the specs, info is there

                      Answered on 8/1/2016 by Honest from Mtl
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                  Specifications

                  • No.153904
                  • Mintage8,500
                  • Composition99.99% pure silver
                  • Finishproof
                  • Weight (g) 30.75
                  • Diameter (mm) 36.07
                  • Edgeserrated
                  • Certificateserialized
                  • Face value25 dollars
                  • ArtistGlen Green (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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