OTTAWA, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - June 6, 2013 - One of Canada's most
treasured personalities, comedian Martin Short, has partnered with the
Royal Canadian Mint to deliver his own touching and intimate
perspective of Canada on a new $3 fine silver collector coin.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to have partnered with Martin Short
to showcase Canada's natural beauty from a unique perspective" said Ian
E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The Mint is
always looking for new ways to celebrate Canada, and working with one
of our country's most famous performing artists to design a finely
crafted collector coin is an exceptional way to achieve this with
emotional and visual appeal."
The Martin Short Presents Canada coin features his summer home in Muskoka, in rural Ontario. "In my
international travels all these years, I've never met anyone who wasn't
rather envious when I proudly proclaimed that I was indeed Canadian. As
they should be. Multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-hip; that's Canada
to me" said Short. "And as much as I adore the excitement of cities,
it's rural Canada that has always had my heart. I am lucky enough to
own a cottage on a lake roughly three hours north of Toronto in a
staggeringly beautiful part of Canada, which I'm thrilled to share on
this coin I had the privilege to help design."
Short consulted extensively with Canadian artist Tony Bianco on the
design of the coin, an inviting and serene interpretation of Short's
summer home based on his personal photos and stories. The design
features a sailboat gliding across a serene lake towards a boathouse,
while pine and maple trees provide a canopy over two Adirondack
chairs. Nearby, Canada's national flag waves from a marine-inspired
flag pole standing on one of the region's signature whaleback rocks.
The Martin Short Presents Canada $3 Fine Silver Coin can now 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. As of June 11, 2013, the coin will also be available at the Royal
Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as
through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors,
including participating Canada Post outlets.
About Martin Short
Canadian Martin Short is a celebrated comedic performer known for his
clever wit, versatility and superb comedic timing. Although Short
originally studied for a career in social work, his true path quickly
materialized when his friend Eugene Levy encouraged him to give
television a try. Success with CBC's Second City, the SCTV and
Saturday Night Live led to film and Broadway, and a continually
For over forty years, Martin Short has done it all. His awards list is
equally diverse and includes a Gemini, an Emmy, a Tony, the Order of
Canada, plus a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Short
currently lives in California, but his all-time favourite place remains
Lake Rosseau in Ontario's famed Muskoka region.
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.
Images of the Martin Short Presents Canada $3 Fine Silver Coin are
available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Senior Manager, Communications
Tel: (613) 949-5777