Falcon Lake Incident – Royal Canadian Mint

Image courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint

Well this was a cool experience. I illustrated this coin design for the Royal Canadian Mint for a coin called The Falcon Lake Incident. I had no idea what kind of response it would get, but it turns out people really like UFO sightings and the coins that commemorate them. This coin sold out in one day, with a mintage of 4000. Thankfully I was able to snag one before they were all sold (I saw them on eBay shortly after for quadruple the retail price!). The coin comes with a black light, and when you shine the light on the coin it reveals a beam from the UFO and a glow around the man on the ground.

I got a fair amount of press with this coin and was interviewed on the Alan Neal CBC show All in a Day. I was also on The Morning Show on CKWS in Kingston, with host Bill Welychka. That was an awesome thing to do, live on television for the first time!

Holiday Toy Box – Royal Canadian Mint

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I am really happy to show the newest coin I created for the Royal Canadian Mint. I was tasked with illustrating a Holiday Toy Box. The coolest part of the project was that it was to be a lenticular coin, where two images are printed on the coin and when tilted the image becomes animated. Pretty awesome technology! So I ended up painting two pieces, one with a closed toy box and the other open – showing a brand new scene with new toys, unwrapped presents and Christmas trees lit up outside.

I also wanted to add a bit of an animated element, so the rocking horse rocks and the little toy top spins around. For me, it’s pretty amazing to see my paintings printed on a tiny little coin (35mm). I put a lot of detail in there so you really have to spend some time flipping the image back and forth to see it all, especially at a small size. And of course I put a basketball in the toy box. I know it’s a Canadian coin and people are expecting hockey sticks and skates, but hey, this was my design and my Canada is all about basketball, robots and rocking horses.

If you’re looking for a last minute stocking stuffer, this could be a good one! Check it out over at the Mint’s website.

The coin in its maroon clamshell box (photo by the Royal Canadian Mint)

The coin in its maroon clamshell box (photo by the Royal Canadian Mint)

Italian Campaign WWII – Royal Canadian Mint

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I illustrated this coin for the Royal Canadian Mint, commemorating the Italian Campaign during World War II. This scene depicts a Sherman tank and Canadian soldiers moving through the rubble in the town of Ortona after a battle, watching for snipers. I did a ton of research for this coin about the Italian Campaign (December 1943), reading first hand accounts of the battle, researching historical photos, tanks, uniforms, guns and bombed-out buildings. The engravers did an incredible job capturing all the tiny details of my drawing.

It is a 38mm silver coin and came in a really cool pop-up box that doubles as a diorama. I can’t claim the credit for that design, that belongs to the talented team at the Mint.

For more information or to purchase a coin, visit the Mint’s website.

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The Italian Campaign coin, for the Royal Canadian Mint

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The coin box

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Box opens to reveal a pop-up diorama and a spot for the coin

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From original drawing to final coin

FIFA World Cup 2015 Coin – Royal Canadian Mint

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup concluded last night with a victory by the United States. I worked on this coin last year for the Royal Canadian Mint and and was excited to see it released before the games started a couple months ago. Of the coins I’ve worked on for the Mint, this is the largest mintage yet at 200,000. At the time of this post, they have sold 76% of these! It also helps that it’s my most affordable coin at just $20. (You can buy it here)

It’s amazing to know that so many people have a souvenir of the games with my artwork on it. Below are a few more photos of the coin as well as an animated GIF showing the original drawing. It really is incredible what they can do with a simple drawing.

The packaging for the FIFA coin

The packaging for the FIFA coin

The interior of the packaging shows a full image of my original drawing behind the coin.

The interior of the packaging shows a full image of my original drawing behind the coin.

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The unveiling of the FIFA coins (Photo by the Royal Canadian Mint)

The unveiling of the FIFA coins with members of Team Canada (Photo by the Royal Canadian Mint)