Canada week continues with a couple of personal favourites. Like the British Royal Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint does history coins very well and coins like these are often overlooked in the clamour for information on the flashy or high-profile licensed designs. These two in particular are superb examples of the genre and while celebrating events from two seperate wars, both look to the sea for inspiration.
First up is a really excellent Merchant Navy design full of action and quite exquisitely done. Perspective, often a problem with ship art, is bang on the mark, the sea and bomb splash look realistic, and the detail is quite sublime. The George IV obverse is a nice change from the usual effigy of Queen Elizabeth II as well. All round a great coin happily devoid of colour or gilding. As a two-ounce fine silver coin it’s the pricier of the two coins here, selling for $169.95 CAD.
The second coin is equally superb and also by Yves Bérubé. Again, the sense of perspective is just perfect and the design very clean, well-struck and of a fascinating subject, early submarines. The outline of Canada’s Pacific coastline is nicely integrated into the scene without spoiling it. The obverse is also a historical one, in this case the effigy of King George V. At just one-ounce in weight, this coin is obviously cheaper, coming in at $89.95 CAD.
Both are available now and listed inexplicably on the RCM website as for sale in the US and Canada only, something that has gone from applying to licensed properties only, to just about everything on the site.