OTTAWA, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to
introduce the $10 Fine Silver Coin Canadian Geographic Photo Contest -
Praying Mantis, which features the work of Robert Ganz, the grand prize
winner in the fourth annual Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year
contest. The coin and the award-winning photograph which inspired it
are the centerpieces of the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year
exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. This exhibition
showcases the work of contest winners from across Canada, from June 8
to August 26, 2012.
The reverse side of the collector coin which beautifully captures Mr.
Ganz's work features a slender praying mantis clinging to the underside
of a tufted grass flower. The sharp contours of the mantis' body
starkly contrast the soft texture of the downward-curving plant. This
elegantly designed coin has a limited mintage of 7,500 and is composed
of 99.99% fine silver. It will retail for $69.95 CAD when it goes on
sale July 16, 2012.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to celebrate both our nation's talent
and natural beauty by reproducing a stunning Canadian wildlife
photograph on an eye-catching collector coin" said Ian E. Bennett,
President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The breathtaking moment
captured by the lens of Robert Ganz can now live on for the enjoyment
of coin collectors and nature lovers world-wide thanks to the crafting
of a fine new silver collector coin from the Royal Canadian Mint."
"The Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year contest attests to the
artistry, talent and determination of the photographers who are keen to
share with other Canadians their own fascination with wildlife," said
André Préfontaine, Executive Director of the Royal Canadian
Geographical Society. "As a result of the unique partnership of the
Canadian Museum of Nature, the Royal Canadian Mint and Canadian Geographic, Canadians will have unprecedented access to this year's winning photos
that are featured in the exhibition, on a collector coin and in the
The public can view the stunning wildlife imagery captured by all the
contest winners, runner-ups and honourable mentions online at http://photoclub.canadiangeographic.ca/photos/wildlife_contest/default.aspx.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the
minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO
9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the
largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of
specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an
international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and
services, visit www.mint.ca.
About Canadian Geographic Enterprises
Canadian Geographic Enterprises (CGE) publishes the award-winning Canadian Geographic magazine, Canadian Geographic Travel and Géographica. CGE is wholly-owned by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, among
the largest not-for-profit education organizations in the country. CGE
also operates related websites and the Canadian Geographic Photo Club,
Canada's most extensive online photographic community that is also the
home of the annual CG Photo Contest and the Canadian Wildlife Photo of
the Year Contest.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint
For further information:
Senior Manager, Communications
Royal Canadian Mint
Tel: (613) 949-5777
President and Publisher
Canadian Geographic Enterprises
Tel: (613) 745-4629, ext.135