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A heroine for human rights in Canada

A heroine for human rights in Canada

Meet the incomparable Viola Desmond. Black History Month begins for 2019, a new coin honours Viola Desmond (1914-1965), a black Canadian born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who played a pivotal role in the struggle for human rights in the 1940s. On November 8, 1946 police forcibly removed Viola from a movie theatre when she refused to leave her seat in the whites-only section. She was arrested, fined $26 (≈$300 today), and spent a night in jail.

2019 PROOF SILVER DOLLAR – THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

2019 PROOF SILVER DOLLAR – THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

A MOMENT IMMORTALIZED, A MYSTERY SOLVED A nervous Canadian soldier glances over his shoulder, acknowledging a friendly pat on the back as he prepares to step off the landing craft onto Juno Beach. This fleeting moment, captured in rare footage taken during the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, served as the inspiration behind the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2019 proof silver dollar. And as Mint product managers Alicia Cook Sapene and Jamie Desrochers discovered, there was a lot more to that soldier’s story than they could have imagined.

2019 HALF-OUNCE PURE SILVER COIN – YEAR OF THE PIG

2019 HALF-OUNCE PURE SILVER COIN – YEAR OF THE PIG

Dancing into the Lunar New Year with a playful Pig The Chinese zodiac says people born in the Year of the Pig have beautiful personalities: playful, optimistic and carefree. They are energetic and tackle even the most mundane tasks with unbridled enthusiasm. These traits come alive in the 2019 issues of the Royal Canadian Mint’s three series celebrating the Lunar New Year—especially the half-ounce pure silver Year of the Pig coin.

Lighting the way with glowing hearts—and coins

Lighting the way with glowing hearts—and coins

Some things never lose their cool factor. Ever since the first consumer glow sticks were waved in the air at a Grateful Dead show in 1971, glow-in-the-dark technology has never lost its... well, shine. The Royal Canadian Mint has been a pioneer in bringing glow-in-the-dark effects to a wide range of coins, most recently with the 2018 $5 pure silver Hearts Aglow tribute to Canada’s multicultural makeup.

PAINTING WITH LIGHT AND METAL

PAINTING WITH LIGHT AND METAL

The power of light and metal… A painter’s mastery lies in the constant study of colour and light, lines and form. Whether their style is classic realism, abstract modernism, or somewhere in between, every painter will tell you their brushes are the channel that brings their vision from the ethers of inspiration to the tangible canvas of this three-dimensional world.

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