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CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE Stained Glass 1oz Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2014


This striking enameled silver coin is the first in the Royal Canadian Mint’s stunning Stained Glass series. It is a celebration of a unique heritage landmark, and the timeless beauty of Canada’s most widespread form of public art.

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Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion. The mansion was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria.
Craigdarroch Castle has 39 rooms and over 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2). It was constructed in the late 1800s as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan.
The four-story Craigdarroch Castle still has lavish furnishings from the 1890s and is known for its stained glass and intricate woodwork. The Castle is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which is a private non-profit society, and is open to the public. The castle is a tourist attraction, and receives 150,000 visitors a year.
The Institute for stained glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at Craigdarroch Castle.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2014
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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Most of the surface of this coin is covered in translucent glass-like enamel, making the coin shine and reflect light. The enamel, filling individual sections of the coin, is filled by hand to represent the stained glass panels from the window. The reverse image features a stunning colour partial reproduction of one of the stained glass windows that adorn Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, B.C. The focal point of the design is the grouping of six brightly coloured flowers; each petal has been filled by hand with blue, purple and red translucent enamel to recreate a stained glass effect. Green translucent enamel has been applied to the veined leaves. The original window’s diverging brick pattern has been replicated to fill the reverse image background. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.