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Same design, different finish

Last month, the Royal Canadian Mint announced this Olympic year’s Lucky Loonie coin design, and to my great surprise it is the same design they chose for 2012 – the loon that I illustrated with wings spread in a territorial display. As in 2012, the Mint released both a circulating version of the coin as well as a Fine Silver collector edition which also includes trees in the background.

Below is a photo of the new 2014 collector edition Fine Silver Lucky Loonie, which – aside from the date – is the same as the 2012 collector version except for the finish.

Fine Silver Coin - Lucky Loonie (2014) - designed by Emily S. Damstra

Fine Silver Coin – Lucky Loonie (2014) – designed by Emily S. Damstra

This 2014 coin has a “reverse proof” finish, meaning the subject has a highly reflective “brilliant” sheen and the background has a frosted or matte finish. By contrast, the 2012 collector version has a “proof” finish, with the relief frosted and the background field brilliant.

My 2012 post about the Lucky Loonie includes a photograph of the circulating coin; the 2014 circulating Lucky Loonie is the same except for the date on the obverse side of the coin. Five million of these coins entered circulation on January 20.

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