The Royal Canadian Mint is planning to issue on February 20, 2016, a 1 oz. Fine Silver Colored Coin "Traditional Ukrainian Pysanka" with a low mintage of 4,000, according to the Ukrainian Philatelic and Numismatic Society (UPNS).
"This is the first-ever egg-shaped coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint," the UPNS wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
Designed by Canadian artist Ann Morash, this coin captures the intricate beauty of a pysanka. Every element on this Ukrainian Easter egg is rich with symbolic meaning, including the individual colors: yellow stands for youth and purity; red represents the joy and passion in life; green is the color of spring, which brings hope and renewal; and black suggests the darkest time before dawn, and the idea of eternity.
When combined, these colors—and the motifs they enhance—result in a design that is open to many interpretations, but that is nonetheless a vibrant celebration of a full and colorful life. At the top and bottom of the egg are large flowers, which symbolize love, goodwill and the beauty of nature; these are framed by bands of waves that speak of water's life-giving properties, and the idea of eternity. Beneath the waves at the top are stylized depictions of the sun and stars, which symbolize life, fortune and growth; a re-interpretation of these also appear in the center, where they alternate with evergreen boughs that represent eternal health and youth.