In 2006 I was pleased to win a commission with my design of a ketch that was released as a commemorative coin in the “Tall Ship” collection.
Since the success of that coin I have been invited to submit designs for other coins. The mint requests selected artists to submit proposals based on strict guidelines. During my research one can learn a lot about subjects not previously at the top of one’s list of subjects to paint.
The two coins currently available are:
A coin produced in 2013 celebrating the capture of the USS Chesapeake by HMS Shannon during the War of 1812. Gold, silver and platinum coins were produced with this image and at the time of writing a few of the coins were still available. Please see the Royal Canadian Mint web site to purchase.
The second coin is a silver coin produced to commemorate the 300th of Louisbourg (Nova Scotia). Mary’s family is from here and she really enjoyed helping me with the research. The image depicts the early days of trade and commerce built on the fishing industry and the defenses established to protect it.