TORONTO — The Royal Canadian Mint announced Thursday it is offering a new collector coin designed by Canadian comedian Martin Short.
The $3 silver coin was inspired by Short’s summer home on Lake Rousseau in the Muskoka region of Ontario. It features a view of the lake with a sailboat drifting toward a boathouse, two Muskoka chairs in the shade of maple and pine trees and a Canadian flag flying on a pole on one of the area’s signature whaleback rocks.
“Multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-hip; that’s Canada to me,” Short said in a release. “And as much as I adore the excitement of cities, it’s rural Canada that has always had my heart. I am lucky enough to own a cottage on a lake roughly three hours north of Toronto in a staggeringly beautiful part of Canada, which I’m thrilled to share on this coin I had the privilege to help design.”
Short, who was born in Hamilton, Ont., consulted on the design with Ontario artist Tony Bianco, who has done more than 25 coins for the Mint.
Only 15,000 of the collector coins were minted.
Short, who lives in California, added: “In my international travels all these years, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t rather envious when I proudly proclaimed that I was indeed Canadian. As they should be.”
The Martin Short Presents Canada $3 Fine Silver Coin is available for $49.95 from the Royal Canadian Mint and will also be available starting June 11 at the Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, and at participating Canada Post outlets across Canada.
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