TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the organization which is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates this milestone with a unique silver collector coin featuring an achromatic hologram that brings the CSA's work to life. The coin was unveiled today at the International Astronautical Congress 2014 held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
"Whether they are flying among the stars or planted firmly on the ground, the Mint takes great pride in commemorating Canada's diverse and remarkable achievements," said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "This special coin features exceptional holographic technology which is a fitting tribute to the CSA, as it has been synonymous with innovation since 1989".
"This year marks a milestone in Canada's space history as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CSA," said General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk, President of the Canadian Space Agency. "Our many accomplishments have built the foundation for a flourishing space industry and we are absolutely delighted that the Mint has captured Canada's leadership in space with such expert craftsmanship."
The coin's reverse design features an achromatic hologram image of a Canadian astronaut floating weightlessly above the Earth. The astronaut is anchored to a foot restraint on Canadarm2, which bears the Canada Wordmark. In the distance we see the cloud-mottled blue surface of Earth, backed by the black depths of space. The hologram lends depth and movement to the design; the astronaut seems to float above the Earth.
This coin, produced in 99.99% silver and has a limited mintage of 10,000, retails for $119.95 and can be ordered directly from the Royal Canadian Mint today at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at www.mint.ca. Beginning October 7, 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 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 this collector coin are available by visiting ftp://communications:[email protected].
Image with caption: "From left to right: Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, Royal Canadian Mint Board of Directors member John Bell, astronaut Jeremy Hansen and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Walter Natynczyk unveil a silver collector coin celebrating the 25th anniversary of the CSA on September 30 at the 2014 International Astronautics Congress in Toronto. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140930_C2698_PHOTO_EN_6125.jpg
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
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