Canada pays tribute to her Olympic athletes that will attend the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a new limited edition silver proof dollar.
The coin is a true celebration of sporting excellence, depicting no less than nine sporting disciplines in action on it's reverse. In the coming months coin collectors can expect a veritable deluge of sport and Olympic themed coins to be released. Just a few days ago saw the release of the New Zealand official Olympic coins.
The coin is entitled “Celebrating Canadian Athletes” and the reverse design lives up to that moniker. The rim of the coin has been shaped to resemble the eleven-sided Canadian One Dollar coin, or loonie as it is commonly called. The lucky loonie has become a part of Canadian Olympic tradition ever since the fabled 2002 Olympic Games where a loonie was embedded into the ice where the men's and women's ice hockey teams went on to win gold.
The main design itself features ten athletes, from nine sports(rowing has two), in action poses. The coin celebrates both able-bodied and paralympic athletes from various sporting disciplines from cycling to basketball to gymnastics. To the extreme left of the reverse the logos of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees are treated with a colour finish to put the exclamation point on what is a skillfully designed coin.
The obverse features the Susanna Blunt effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, so synonymous with Canadian coins. The obverse legend reads “ ELIZABETH II CANADA 2016 D.G.REGINA DOLLAR”. The inner rim is again shaped to resemble the eleven sided loonie coin, although the outer rim is the standard round serrated edge.
The proof quality coin is struck from 23.17 gram of pure .9999 Fineness silver to a 36.07mm coin. The coin is shipped in a standard maroon Canadian Mint clamshell display case with black lining. The coin will only be available to Canadian customers, so international collectors who are interested will have to buy the coin from either a reseller or an international coin dealer. The 2016 Celebrating Canadian Athletes Silver One Dollar coin has a limited mintage of 10 000 coins and will be sold for $79.95 CAD from the Royal Canadian Mint.