2018 $30 FINESILVER COIN AND BRONZE MEDALLION SET 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND
In the wake of the First World War, and the Halifax Explosion that left hundreds blind or partially sighted, seven visionaries saw beyond the tragedy and held fast to their ideal that those injured could leadproductivelives, nurture theirtalents,andultimatelyfulfill their dreams. As the Mint’s first coin designed by a visually impaired artist, and the first to feature braille, this keepsake is testament to the power of the CNIB’s vision. It’s a beautiful work of art that celebrates thestrengthandresilienceofeverydayindividualswho inspireus all.
LAUNCH DATE: March 21, 2018
ADVERTISING DATE: March 21, 2018
- Includes a bronze medallion to deliver a tactile experience of touching braille to read “CNIB 19182018 INCA” ontheobverse.
- Very low mintage of 3,000 elevates this coin’s exclusivityand collectability.
- Selective colour, various finishes and textures beautifully enhance the layering of two images within the coin design, while simultaneously creating distinct details and features to differentiate theeye from themountainscene.
- A coin rich in symbolism punctuated with braille. Green is the most restful colour to the eye, and in this design represents growth, harmony and safety.
- A unique collectible to commemorating a distinctly Canadian institution—a source of national pride with a 100-year legacy and an enduringvisionfor thefuture.
- A heartwarming keepsake to honour teachers, counsellors and caregivers who serve the needs of the blind, or to celebrate the strength and resilienceof everydayindividuals.
Canadian artist Meghan Sims has created an intriguing design featuring an abstract eye superimposed over a mountain scene representing the institution that CNIB has built during its first century, with “100” in braille. The passage of time is conveyed by the sun and moon at the centre, where selective green colour transforms the sun into an iris, with the moon as its pupil. Variations in colour, detail and texture symbolize the range of conditions and abilities experienced with sight loss. The curved horizon doubles as an eyelid, its lashes standing as trees in honour of the seven founders of the CNIB; the jack pine embodying the strength and resilience of people living with sight loss.
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