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For the past seven years, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued pysanka-themed collector coins, a spring tradition that pays tribute to Ukrainian culture and artistry in Canada.

A gleaming 99.99% pure gold masterpiece! The tree-of-life symbolism on this luminous pure gold pysanka coin evokes the blessings of springtime: rebirth, growth, prosperity and strength. Intricately engraved and framed by an endless band of stars that radiate goodwill, its forest-themed reverse design represents a gift of hope and a wish for health, wealth and happiness.

This all-gold collector’s item gives you the best of both worlds: a centuries-old art form that is rich in symbolism, and the highest-quality minting in the world. Order today!

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION! The Royal Canadian Mint's annual Easter egg-shaped celebration of Ukrainian-Canadian culture is a collector favourite, and this springtime tradition continues in 2022.
  • A MINTED WORK OF ART! Crafted in 99.99% pure gold, the coin features a very finely engraved design that highlights the symbolic language of the pysanka, and all its centuries-old motifs.
  • SHINES LIKE THE SUN! The all-gold pysanka coin features a radiant, mirror-like shine that makes it a luminous celebration of spring.
  • FOR ART LOVERS! While this gold pysanka features a new forest-themed design for 2022, it continues the Royal Canadian Mint's tradition of combining intricate detailing and polishes to ensure every aspect of the engraved art is of the highest calibre.
  • A COVETED COLLECTIBLE! Mintage is limited to 250 worldwide. Previous pysanka coins sold out quickly, and given its high visual appeal and low mintage, this prestige collectible will be a sought-after piece too.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.

DESIGN

Designed by Canadian artist Dave Melnychuk, the coin’s reverse is a forest-themed celebration of spring. The central motif features the Tree of Paradise (or the Tree of Life), a foundational symbol that represents renewal and creation, health and wisdom, a long life and eternal youth. The Tree’s fruit-bearing branches represent the days of the week and the anticipation of spring. The crowned kings of the forest, two noble deer stand on each side of the Tree and above the River of Paradise, where they symbolize wealth, prosperity and strength. Eight stars appear along the edge of the design, where these radiating symbols of good fortune form an eternity band that surrounds the central motif. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

“With each pysanka coin, I think of my Baba (grandmother) and what she’d find beautiful and joyful. I also want each design to stand on its own while complementing the three previous gold pysanka coins, two of which I was given the honour to design. These themes and motifs have been used throughout the ages to represent the higher strivings of humanity; the fact that they are shared among various world religions is a sign of their universality—they are relatable to all Canadians but they still maintain their essentially Ukrainian form and meaning." - Dave Melnychuk, Artist

“Working with Dave is such a pleasure. He has a unique talent expressing symbolism and rich Ukrainian tradition through his designs. His artwork is an exquisite interpretation of the Tree of Paradise motif, and it’s sure to delight our collectors."

- Alicia Cook Sapene, Product Manager

“As an engraver, I love the challenge of bringing these pysanka designs to life. I have to take the artist’s intricate 2D line drawing and add another layer of complexity—for example, I have to consider which elements to raise or lower, and how many height levels to incorporate in order to catch the most reflected light. It’s always an exciting project to work on!"

- Matt Bowen, Engraver

DID YOU KNOW?

The Tree of Life is a popular Ukrainian folk art motif. You’ll find it colourfully embroidered on cloth or woven into tapestries, painted on pottery, etched in wood and inscribed upon pysanky.

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The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

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ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT

The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.

8287
2022
Proof
9999
Canada
Royal Canadian Mint
CAD 250
250
Dave Melnychuk
1.88 oz
45 x 33
45

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