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2 oz. Pure Silver Coin and Bronze Medallion Set - 100th Anniversary of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind - Mintage: 3,000 (2018)

2 oz. Pure Silver Coin and Bronze Medallion Set - 100th Anniversary of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind - Mintage: 3,000 (2018)

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$219.95 CAD
Mintage: 3,000
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A FIRST! Your coin features braille! Order today!

In the wake of the First World War, and the Halifax Explosion that left hundreds blind or partially sighted, seven visionaries saw beyond the tragedy and held fast to their ideal that those injured could lead productive lives, nurture their talents, and ultimately fulfill their dreams. As our first coin designed by a partially sighted artist, and the first to feature braille, this keepsake is testament to the power of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s (CNIB) vision.

A beautiful coin that honours those who serve the needs of the blind. Order today!

Special features:
  • A FIRST! Your coin is our first designed by a partially sighted artist!
  • A FIRST! Your coin is our first that features braille!
  • HONOURS THE CNIB! Vibrant green draws your eye to the center of your coin where an overlaid sun and moon convey the passage of time. But on closer observation, the sun and moon become an iris, and the curved horizon, an eyelid, with eyelashes that stand as trees honouring the founders of the CNIB.
  • INCLUDES A BRONZE MEDALLION! Your coin includes a bronze medallion to deliver a tactile experience of touching braille to read “CNIB 1918 – 2018 INCA” on the obverse.
  • COMMEMORATES A DISTINCTLY CANADIAN INSTITUTION! Your coin is a unique collectible that commemorates a distinctly Canadian institution—a source of national pride with a 100-year legacy and an enduring vision for the future.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. Most of these are serialized certifications, meaning that each certificate is given a unique number, starting at 1.
  • WORLD-CLASS CRAFTSMANSHIP! Only 3,000 coins will be made available worldwide. Hurry and order yours today before they are all gone!
  • 2 OZ. 99.99% PURE SILVER COIN! Your coin has no GST/HST!

Design:

Canadian artist Meghan Sims has created an intriguing design featuring an abstract eye superimposed over a mountain scene representing the institution that CNIB has built during its first century, with “100” in braille. The passage of time is conveyed by the sun and moon at the centre, where selective green colour transforms the sun into an iris, with the moon as its pupil. Variations in colour, detail and texture symbolize the range of conditions and abilities experienced with sight loss. The curved horizon doubles as an eyelid, its lashes standing as trees in honour of the seven founders of the CNIB; the jack pine embodying the strength and resilience of people living with sight loss.

Did you know…
  • The CNIB’s founders met at the Canadian Free Library for the Blind. They included two doctors, an electrical engineer, a solicitor, an insurance professional, a multi-lingual librarian and an expert in finance and fundraising. Two founders had lost their sight during the war, three suffered sight loss due to illness or trauma, and two were sighted.
  • In the 1920s, the CNIB’s job placement program was one of the first in North America specifically for people with sight loss. It was revolutionary, and significantly improved the prospects for blind Canadians who would otherwise be destined for a life of hardship and poverty.
  • By the 1950s, the CNIB was the largest private non-profit organization of its kind in the world, serving more than 17,000 blind Canadians with a focus on empowering people to live full, independent lives. Today, the CNIB has 50 offices nationwide, and estimates that half a million Canadians have significant sight loss that affects their quality of life.
  • To celebrate its centennial, CNIB is celebrating through honouring and storytelling, with a focus on the people – past and present – who have contributed to changing what it is to be blind today.
  • Individuals with sight loss often have a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, with superior cognitive functions such as memory and language. Science continues to explore the brain’s ability to adapt and reorganize itself to compensate for a loss in any of the senses, a field known as cross-modal neuroplasticity.

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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Specifications

  • No.166696
  • Mintage3,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver, bronze
  • Finishproof (silver), antique (bronze)
  • Weight (g) 62.69
  • Diameter (mm) 50 mm (silver), 52 mm (bronze)
  • Edgeserrated (silver), plain (bronze)
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value30 dollars
  • ArtistMeghan Sims (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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