Diwali: 2016 Festival of Lights 1oz Fine Proof Silver Coin
Diwali is the most important holiday in India. It’s a New Year’s celebration that is also known as the “Festival of Lights,” and is celebrated by millions of people every year. The notion of light triumphing over dark is incredibly symbolic; so universal that it has inspired cultures around the world for centuries. But Diwali is more than a single flame; it fills homes, streets—and hearts!—with light. Diwali revellers are an incredibly diverse ethno-cultural group. Hindu, Sikh, Jain… every faith has its own Diwali legends, but the unifying thread is always a celebration of good triumphing over evil.
The flame at the centre of this coin captures the essence of the Festival, while its overall design echoes the Ashoka Chakra (wheel of the law) that appears on the national flag of India. The maple leaf and diya (clay lamp) illustrate the blending of multiple cultures, as Canada has become a home for Diwali celebrations.
Your coin is crafted in 9999% fine silver and captures the shimmering essence of the Festival of Lights.
- Weight: 1oz
- Diameter: 38 mm
- Finish: Proof
- Fineness: 99.99% Pure Silver
- Manufacturer: Royal Canadian Mint
- Mintage: 8,500
Inspired by the elaborate patterns of Indian textiles, ornamentation and mandalas, your coin was designed by Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal. It presents a visually stunning celebration of Diwali as a cherished multicultural tradition in several communities. The outermost ring offers a Canadian twist on the patterned inlay that famously adorns the Taj MahalSymbols from the Hindu, Sikh and Jain faiths form a series of rings that frame the centre, where the silvery shine of the engraved clay lamp (diya) poignantly captures the luminous essence of this ancient tradition known as the Festival of Lights
This features the Susanna Blunt effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint branded maroon clamshell and includes a graphic beauty box.