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BASKETBALL 125 Anniversary Convex Silver Coin 25$ Canada 2016


This coloured convex-shaped coin proudly celebrates the 125th Anniversary of a team sport that was invented by a Canadian and has since taken the world by storm. The coin’s unusual curvature offers the perfect canvas for recreating the rounded appearance of a basketball. The coin will be shipped in an special box, with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 8.500 pieces worldwide.

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Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high mounted to a backboard at each end. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line, and two points if shot from in front of the line. A team can also score via free throws, which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is issued when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by throwing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling). It is a violation to lift, or drag, one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value25 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)30.76
  • Diameter (mm)36.07
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse design by Canadian artist Glen Green utilizes the coin’s deeply convex curvature to recreate the rounded shape of a basketball. In addition to the engineering complexity of the coin’s unusual shape, precision engraving replicates the tactile elements that are famously associated with the ball—specifically the recessed lines and dimpled surface—while the application of colour captures its iconic orange appearance. In the foreground, an engraved action shot captures the classic, fast-paced intensity of the game: the player on the left leaps towards the net as he goes for a dunk shot, while the player on the right moves quickly to defend the shot with his outstretched arm. On both sides, two engraved basketballs overlap the wide band that frames the reverse image, where the word “CANADA” is engraved above the commemorative dates “1891-2016” that mark basketball’s 125th anniversary.