The official mint of the Canadian government has issued a coin that is shaped like the country itself. Artist Ali Giroux designed the 3-ounce silver coin, which sells for $340. Various animals native to Canada are arranged in the shapes of the 10 provinces and 3 territories. CBC News reports:
She turned Quebec into a snowy owl taking flight, and Ontario into a loon with its wings folded. British Columbia, meanwhile, became a spirit bear.
Giroux decided to design a two-colour version of her map for Canada's 150th anniversary and posted it online. About a year ago, she received a call from the mint, with an offer to have her design featured on a coin.
"I had a little cry, because it was immensely flattering, and surreal, and very special," Giroux told Ottawa Morning.
-via Nag on the Lake | Photo: CBC