Diwali – the Festival of Lights

Diwali Gold Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have brought out a lovely gold coin celebrating Diwali the Indian Festival Of Lights. It’s a $200 dollar coin and a small mintage of 275 means a price of C$2,700.

RCM say >East and West come together in this stunning design by Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal that celebrates Diwali with elaborate patterns that typify Indian textiles, ornamentation and mandalas. A diya (clay lamp) at the coin’s centre reflects the essence of the Festival of Lights while symbols from the Hindu, Sikh and Jain faiths form a series of rings around it.

The outermost ring is inspired by an inlay from the Taj Mahal but consists of Canadian symbols. Trilliums and Pacific dogwood blossoms represent the cities of Toronto (Ontario) and Vancouver (British Columbia) where the nation’s largest populations of Indo-Canadians reside. Canada’s national symbol, the maple leaf, is also present. Maple trees deliver one of the most brilliant displays in autumn, which is a novel delight for many new immigrants to Canada. The maple’s changing colour announces the coming dark days of winter, and in its own way, symbolizes the interplay between light and dark that is the essence of Diwali.”


  • No.147598
  • Mintage 275
  • Composition 99.99% pure gold
  • Finish proof
  • Weight (g) 31.16
  • Diameter (mm) 30
  • Edge serrated
  • Certificate serialized
  • Face value 200 dollars
  • Artist Sarindar Dhaliwal (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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Thank you Royal Canadian Mint for text and images.
See more at: http://www.mint.ca/store/coins/1-oz.-pure-gold-coin



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