Canada 2010 Holiday Lenticular #4 - Santa Claus + Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50 Cents Colorized Christmas Half Dollar with 3-D Lenticular Technology Specimen
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On, Donner! On, Blitzen!
and Rudolph - a terrific twosome - together on this magical,
copper-plated lenticular coin!
We're excited about this fourth annual entry in the Royal Canadian
Mint's dynamic Lenticular
Holiday Coins series.
This year we can almost hear the clip-clop of reindeer hooves on the
rooftop. This magic sound (that all good little girls and boys long to
hear on Christmas Eve) signals the arrival that Santa and his team of
flying reindeer, led by Rudolph. New this year, the lenticular
half-dollar is copper-plated, for an intriguing and visually arresting
Reindeer Technology What a sight as marvelous reindeer take to flight! How did
Santa's team of reindeer come to fly? Legend has it they received their
powers when they ate enchanted corn a wizard gave to Santa. This
special meal had wondrous effects! It increased their strength three
times over, gave them enough energy to last for infinity, and imparted
the ability to run on air as if it were solid ground! Hee-yah!
Santa's magical reindeer, led by Rudolph, have evolved special features
that enable them to complete their global journey in late December.
Their antlers help the reindeer balance when they are airborne - this
is why both males and females have them! And their large hooves act
like snowshoes on snow, marshy ground (as well as icy roofs!).
Their coats are thick with stiff hairs to keep out the cold in the
worst kind of weather - protection that’s key to their
adventure as they spread joy and wonder throughout the world.
Kids, adults and animal
enthusiasts alike will appreciate this festive, colorful design!
The Santa & Rudolph Half Dollar is the 4th in the Mint's
Holiday Coins series.
This series couples exciting, advanced minting technologies with a most
affordable price! Please see the article near the end of this
presentation for a short history of Santa Claus.
Technology Note The Santa
& Rudolph Half Dollar is the fourth holiday release to feature
Mint’s new 3-D lenticular
The RCM leads the
with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is
actually sealed on the coin. The lenticular technology combines color
with the illusion of movement - as you tilt the coin back and forth,
Santa Claus magically switches places with Rudolph the Red-Nosed
The Specimen Finish This coin
features the uniquely-Canadian "specimen" finish, a
three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area
or relief) includes both brilliant and mirrored surfaces, while the
fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting,
matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen
Portraits of two of
our favorite holiday friends, Santa Claus and Rudolph, highlighted in
color by the
Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary colorization technology, and further
enhanced by the mint's lenticular 3-D effect. The date and denomination
are also indicated.
Her Majesty, Queen
Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right.
This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian
Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH
II D. G. REGINA
("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.
The coin is encapsulated
burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with
black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An official
certificate of authenticity is included.
Canadian Mint engravers
Santa Claus or Father
There are many myths and legends surrounding Santa Claus, also known as
Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas in the UK or Europe, also as Kris
Kringle or even Papa Noel in Latin America. His legendary residence is
at the North Pole, where he abides happily with his wife, Mrs. Claus
(first name unknown) and many small elves or gnomes who are working
hard all year round to create toys for all the children of the world.
Claus has the job of overseeing toy production and of course keeping
the list of children and their behavior, for use on Christmas Eve in
delivering appropriate gifts. He does this all in one night with the
assistance of his flying reindeer and his magical sleigh. (And one very
large sack to hold all the goodies!)
While his age is not known exactly, traditional representations of the
bearded man in his red and white suit date back as early as the late
1800's, making him quite old indeed. In some cultures there has been
opposition to Santa Claus as he has sometimes pushed aside more
traditional local symbols of Christmas such as "Sinterklaas" in the
Netherlands, the Yule Goat in Sweden, and "Toftirus" in Norway,
although it is rumored that Jolly old St. Nick does enjoy a tankard of
Norwegian Yule Ale now and then.
Santa's actual place of residence is a well-kept secret, in that the
"North Pole" is somewhat indistinct, and that no less than three
Scandinavian countries claim to have Santa as a resident within their
borders. This likely is a security issue for Santa, who must want to
protect his massive production facilities and accumulations of toys and
As Christmas approaches, millions of children get ready to put out
cookies and milk by the chimney, as they wait for Santa to arrive
during their sleep.