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Royal Canadian Mint Issues Canada-Shaped Coin

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


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The bullion value of silver is about $15 per ounce, so for $340 the "investor" receives $50 in silver in what the Mint describes as a "fun-filled design", presented in a "beauty box" with a numbered certificate, in a gesture described as a "patriotic first" designed to "celebrate Canada" with a "coin" shaped like a .... coelacanth?
For extra fun, pair this up with one of the MInt's glow-in-the-dark coins... perhaps the one that glows with the Bat signal...
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