OTTAWA, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Always proud to celebrate Canada's
history, culture and values through its coins, the Mint is pleased to
launch a new ultra-high relief collector coin crafted of five kilograms
of 99.99% pure silver. This first in a new series of giant coins
honouring great Canadian artists celebrates the legendary Emily Carr,
whose iconic totem from her watercolour Tsatsisnukomi, B.C., 1912 has been transformed into a fine silver sculptural masterpiece.
"Canada's artistic legacy has been an endless source of inspiration for
many memorable Royal Canadian Mint coins and this tribute to Emily Carr
honours not only her artistic genius, but also that of the West Coast
aboriginal cultures whose works she lovingly preserved in her
paintings," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal
Canadian Mint. "Like the original which inspired this coin, our new
five-kilogram fine silver coin was meticulously handcrafted by men and
women who take great pride in creating unforgettable tributes to the
greatness of Canadian culture."
"The Vancouver Art Gallery is thrilled that one of the Carr paintings in
the Gallery's permanent collection has been celebrated by the Royal
Canadian Mint on such a remarkable coin," said Kathleen S. Bartels,
Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Gifted as artist from a very young age, Emily Carr refined her craft
through studies in California and Europe. Her visits to Pacific North
West aboriginal villages in the early 1900's made a profound impression
on her artistic direction, just as the timeless way of life of these
communities was changing. Her unique impressionistic style captured
the spirit of the natural and man-made landscape and earned her
recognition by the Group of Seven and the National Gallery of Canada.
Today, Tsatsisnukomi, B.C., 1912 is housed at the Vancouver Art Gallery, which maintains the world's
most important collections of original Emily Carr works.
The Mint's solid silver interpretation of Emily Carr's masterpiece was
created by engravers Christie Paquet and Stan Witten. The central
image of a mystical bird has been engraved at a rarely seen depth,
which seems to make this mighty totem symbol rise from the surface of
the coin. In the background, an intricate combination of frostings
captures the masterful shading of the original painting. The image is
surrounded by an outer band evoking the cross-sectional grain of a
cedar log, over which Emily Carr's name and life span (1871-1946)
appear. Only 100 of these giant creations with a $500 face value are
available to passionate collectors of numismatic art and Canadian
culture at the retail price of $10,500 CDN.
This exclusive collectible can be ordered directly from the Mint at
1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at www.mint.ca. Some coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques
in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
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
Image with caption: "The Royal Canadian Mint's five-kilogram $500 Fine Silver Coin celebrating Emily Carr's Tsatsisnukomi, B.C., 1912, developed in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131017_C4692_PHOTO_EN_32162.jpg
Image with caption: "The Royal Canadian Mint's five-kilogram $500 Fine Silver Coin celebrating Emily Carr's Tsatsisnukomi, B.C., 1912, developed in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131017_C4692_PHOTO_EN_32160.jpg
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
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