Royal Canadian Mint Unveils Northern Lights Collector Coin in Canada's North

Royal Canadian Mint Unveils Northern Lights Collector Coin in Canada's North

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From left: Sandra Hanington, Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO, Ta'an Kwächä'an First Nation Chief Kristina Kane, the Honourable Elaine Taylor, Deputy Premier of the Yukon Territorial Government, and Dan Curtis, Mayor of Whitehorse, unveil the Story of the Northern Lights: The Raven fine silver collector coin in Whitehorse, Yukon.

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, AUGUST 24, 2015 – The final coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's stunning silver coin series A Story of the Northern Lights was unveiled today in Whitehorse with local community and First Nations leaders. The coin features a soaring raven set against a dazzling holographic sky lit by the northern lights.

"This new silver coin merges the old with the new, thanks to the Mint's unique achromatic hologram technology," says Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.  "Our employees have used their world-renowned expertise to bring to life two themes that have marked the experience of those who have inhabited Canada for thousands of years: the raven and the aurora borealis." 

This amazing coin is only the third achromatic hologram coin ever to be released by the Mint.  Struck into 99.99% pure silver using nanotechnology, the holographic sky lit by the northern lights makes for a truly unique reverse design. Artist Nathalie Bertin's raven image is inspired by First Nations storytelling traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

With a highly limited mintage of only 8,500 and retailing for $109.95, this coin can be ordered as of August 25 from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at www.mint.ca. Starting September 1st, the coins will also be available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mintfs 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

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Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Communications
Royal Canadian Mint
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