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Canada 2015 Tom Thomson - Spring Ice (1916) Painter Artist Painting $20 Pure Silver Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating

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Get this masterwork of fine art, Spring Ice by Tom Thomson, Canada's most famous painter, meticulously engraved and intricately rendered in pure silver on this low mintage proof beauty, featuring 24-karat gold plating!

Tom Thompson is, simply put, the most famous painter and artist in Canadian history - a true, world class genius whose canvases resonate through history to this day. Through distinctive brush strokes and bold use of color, Thomson's oil paintings transformed how Canada’s spectacular northern landscapes were perceived both at home and abroad. The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates Tom Thomson, Canada’s most influential artist of all time by recreating details from his famous painting Spring Ice, painted in 1916. This masterwork of fine art is expertly captured, meticulously engraved and intricately rendered down to the individual brush strokes on this one troy ounce, pure silver proof-finish gem - enhanced with 24-karat gold plating!

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Spring Ice, an oil on canvas painted executed in 1916 by renowned Canadian artist Tom Thomson.Please read the articles below for more on Tom Thomson's tragically short life, mysterious death and enduring influence.

Spring Ice
This one troy ounce coin offers an engraved recreation of Tom Thomson's landscape painting: Spring Ice (1916), in pure silver enhanced by 24-karat gold plating. This rendition boasts an astonishing amount of detail. The beautiful detailing and raised elements recapture the depth and subtleties of Thomson’s impasto paintwork. The crispness of a spring day in the wilderness lends itself perfectly to the precious silver of the coin's tableau, with leafless trees set against the open water that still carries some icy evidence of winter on its surface. Each brushstroke from the painting has been recreated through expert engraving, which exemplifies the Royal Canadian Mint engravers’extraordinary level of precision and craftsmanship.

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Tom Thomson's Short Life...
The seminal Canadian landscape painting and masterwork The Jack Pine by artist and painter Tom Thomson 1916 1917Tom Thomson (1877-1917) grew up in Leith, Ontario, near to Owen Sound. A self-taught artist, Thomson began his career in commercial design, but a trip to Algonquin Park in 1912 sparked a passion for Canada's north that would shape the remainder of his short life.

Surrounded by a natural beauty that profoundly touched the artist within, Thomson made the great outdoors his cherished studio. He observed the natural world with unparalleled insight, capturing autumn's glorious palette, winter's stark solitude, the light of a summer sky and the austerity of the northern landscape in a way never before seen in Canadian art. With each brush stroke, Tom Thomson created a fresh and proud artistic vision that greatly influenced his fellow artists who later formed the renowned Group of Seven.

Inspired by the landscape around Little Cauchon Lake in eastern Algonquin Park, this picture of a solitary jack pine, its drooping boughs silhouetted in the light of a northern Ontario sunset, assumes special emotional and symbolic significance through the artist's formal treatment. The stylization and decorative patterning of natural forms, along with the strong color and light contrasts, transform this image of a northern tree dominating its rocky landscape into an icon embodying the spirit of the land and the Canadian experience of nature.

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Pine Island, Georgian, an oil on canvas painted executed between 1914 and 1916 by renowned Canadian artist Tom Thomson....And Mysterious Death
Tom Thomson disappeared during a canoing trip on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on July 8, 1917. His body was discovered in the lake eight days later. The official cause of death was accidental drowning, but there are still questions about how he actually died. It was reported that there was fishing line wrapped around his leg and he had a head injury (which may have occurred post mortem). It has also been speculated that he was murdered by a German-American neighbor, Martin Blecher, Jr., or that he fell on a fire grate during a drunken brawl with J. Shannon Fraser, owner of Canoe Lake's Mowat Lodge, over an old loan to Fraser for the purchase of canoes (Thomson allegedly needed the money for a new suit to marry Winnifred Trainor, whose parents had a cottage at Canoe Lake).

Rumors circulated following Tom Thomson's drowning that Trainor was pregnant with Thomson's child. Winnifred Trainor made a trip to Philadelphia with her mother the following winter and returned around Easter. She never spoke subsequently about her relationship with Thomson, adding to the mystery. A nephew, Terrance Trainor McCormick, an upper New York resident who inherited her estate (which included at least thirteen small Thomson paintings, as well as correspondence), said the letters confirm their engagement. McCormick has refused to produce the letters for scholarly investigation, further fueling the fire of speculation.

Others believe that Thomson, who produced at least 63 landscape paintings that last spring (many of which he gave away or discarded), suffered from severe depression and drowned himself. He was buried at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on July 17, 1917, without any family members having seen the body. Under the direction of his older brother, George Thomson, the body was exhumed two days later and re-interred in the family plot next to the Leith Presbyterian Church on July 21. None of the theories explaining Thomson's death are conclusive, and the wide range of speculation serves mostly to perpetuate the romantic legend of the self-taught artist.

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Thomson's Long-Reaching Influence
The Canada Group of Seven Artists Canadian Painters The Group of Seven (sometimes known as the Algonquin School) were a group of significant Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933. Tom Thomson (1877–1917), the seminal Canadian landscape painter, died before its official formation, Thomson had an important influence on the group. His painting "The Jack Pine", the best-known Canadian work of art, is pictured above in this presentation. Believing that a distinct Canadian artistic style could be developed through direct contact with nature, the Group of Seven is most famous for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape, and initiated the first major Canadian national art movement.

The seven coins in the Group of Seven Canadian Painters Series may still be available. The seven art masterpieces are:

    F.H. Varley - Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay
    Arthur Lismer - Nova Scotia Fishing Village
    Franklin Carmichael - Houses, Cobalt
    Lawren S. Harris - Toronto Street, Winter Morning
    Franz Johnston - The Guardian of the Gorge
    J.E.H. MacDonald - Sumac
    A.Y. Jackson - Saint-Tite-des-Caps

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Technology Note - Gold Plating
The Royal Canadian Mint’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty.

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Canada 2015 Tom Thompson Spring Ice $20 Silver Proof in boxTechnology Note - Purity
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
This one troy ounce coin offers an engraved recreation of Tom Thomson's landscape painting: Spring Ice (1916), in pure silver enhanced by 24-karat gold plating. These rendition boasts an astonishing amount of detail. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2015
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit     8,500
   
Finish Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
   
Artist Tom Thomson
Certificate Individually Numbered

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