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Unmatched beauty of McCausland dome reproduced in colourful enamel
TORONTO, ONTARIO – August 5, 2014 – A new collector coin unveiled today features a striking replica of the stained glass McCausland dome that graces the Conservatory of Toronto's historical Casa Loma. Covered in translucent and opaque enamel, the coin shines and reflects light which accurately represents the stained glass panels from the renowned window.
"Casa Loma was built to celebrate the highest forms of architectural craftsmanship and decorative art and few examples shine as brightly as the McCausland dome," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint. "Our Government is pleased that the Mint continues to commemorate Canada's artistic treasures such as this fitting tribute to the stained glass of Casa Loma."
"The Mint is delighted to offer a series of enameled silver collector coins which celebrate the extraordinary stained glass art that enriches many of Canada's public landmarks," said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The remarkable artistry of Robert McCausland and the spectacular canvas of Casa Loma are featured on this stunning new coin, skillfully painted by hand."
"This new coin is a celebration of just one of the many spectacular features that make Casa Loma a must-see destination for thousands of visitors to Toronto every year," said Nick Di Donato, CEO of Casa Loma. "It is an absolute thrill to see the McCausland stained glass dome forever captured with such expert craftsmanship by the Royal Canadian Mint."
The reverse image of this coin features an eye-catching colour reproduction of the central disc of the McCausland stained glass dome. At the heart of the disc lies a raised polished silver circle framed with engraved rays. The image is divided into four quadrants by raised silver lines spanning from the central circle to the coin's raised outer rim. Each of the four lines bears a stylized cluster of nine purple grapes, which are separated from each other by dark green leaves. A golden vine encircles the central portion of the image, winding its way around the coin from central curlicues that surround the central circle.
The 2014 Casa Loma stained glass silver coin bears a $20 face value and has a limited mintage of only 7,500. Retailing for $129.95, the coin can be ordered by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at www.mint.ca. It is also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit. www.mint.ca
Images of this coin are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
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Royal Canadian Mint