Stock car racing in Canada may not carry the cachet it does south of the border, but that isn’t stopping the Royal Canadian Mint from honouring NASCAR with a non-denominational coin.
The 1-oz (actually 31.39 grams), near pure silver (99.99%) NASCAR-licensed medallion features an obverse design by Susanna Blunt of a wheel in motion with 2016 embossed on the sidewall of the tire and the NASCAR logo overlain at the top edge.
Designed by Arturo Rotondo, the reverse of the medallion features a car on its victory lap with the driver waving the checkered flag as flashes of cameras fire from the stands in the background; the full-colour NASCAR logo is displayed in the foreground, below the car. Although no branding is evident on the car, the visual cues are that of a Chevrolet SS.
There will only be 30,000 available, at a cost of $49.95 Canadian each. They are available in the US and Canada directly from the Royal Canadian Mint website (www.mint.ca), through the network of dealers and distributors across the US and Canada, and at the Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
The Royal Canadian Mint is a Canadian government owned (Crown) corporation and is one of the world’s largest and most versatile mints, often taking on production of circulation coins for other nations (including a Bank of Jamaica $10 silver coin, the 100-patacas coin to commemorate the transfer of Macau to China, and coins of various denominations for Venezuela).
Among its most notable products are the Gold Maple Leaf coin (Canadian bullion) in various weights, the Canadian Wildlife Silver Maple Leafs, and the popular Platinum and Palladium Maple Leaf coins. It has also created medallions to honour various hockey greats, Elvis Pressley, and Prince Charles and Lady Diana, among others.