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Pulsating Canadian Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint's Silver Collector Coin Has an Illusory Design

— September 3, 2019 — Art & Design
The Royal Canadian Mint worked with the University of Ottawa's Centre for Research in Photonics to create a unique Canadian coin that appears to pulsate. The Pulsating Maple Leaf 2020 $10 Fine Silver Coin features sub-millimeter-scale mirrors in the shape of a maple leaf, which seemingly expand and contract as the collectible coin is tilted.

The first-of-its-kind coin design fuses cutting-edge photonics with an iconic Canadian symbol with the use of surface mirror technology. Just 3,000 of the coins are available worldwide, each of which is crafted with two ounces of 99.99% pure silver.

As part of a series of silver coins, a variety of shapes from Canada's classic circulation coin designs will be reimagined in a similar way.
Trend Themes
1. Photonics-enhanced Collectibles - There is an opportunity for companies to incorporate photonics technology into their collectibles to create unique and attention-grabbing designs.
2. Innovative Coin Design - The success of the Pulsating Maple Leaf coin highlights a trend towards more creative and unique designs in the coin industry.
3. Limited Edition Collectibles - The creation of limited edition coins generates a sense of exclusivity and scarcity, which can increase demand and drive sales.
Industry Implications
1. Coin Collecting - The coin collecting industry can benefit from incorporating innovative designs and limited edition releases to attract new collectors.
2. Photonics - The photonics industry can collaborate with other industries to create unique and attention-grabbing products such as the Pulsating Maple Leaf coin.
3. Precious Metals - Coin designers can leverage the use of precious metals like silver and gold to create high-value, limited edition collectibles that drive sales in the precious metals industry.
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