A 1967 coin from Canada featuring a Howling Wolf
This coin from Canada has a lot of history. It was part of a national design contest to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Canada in 1967. The fifty cent coin for that year featured the winning design of a howling wolf. 1967 was also the last year that the fifty cent coin was made of silver, changing the next year to coins made of nickel.
A little information about wolves in Canada:
Since I am a hopeless animal lover, it doesn't surprise anyone that I have fostered bottle-fed baby kittens for almost 10 years. In case you missed it, I would like to share my slideshow of many of the foster kittens I have been a mom to. They have come to me from my local Humane Society as young as 1 day old, and they grow up to 8 weeks old with me when they are old enough to be adopted . It is the best volunteer job ever, and it is wonderful to see them grow up healthy and ready to go to their own families.
Hope this brings you a smile and a little happiness for the Holidays.
New in my online shop - King Penguin from Falkland Islands
I painted just one of these coins a few years back, and have been purchasing a few bare coins here and there to offer them again. It has taken a while, but I have accumulated 3 of them to paint and just listed them in my online shop.
Before I started painting coins, I collected them for over 15 years, and belonged to our local coin club. In fact, when I figured out how to paint them, most of my coin collection became the coins I painted. For me, the best part of collecting coins was the the fun of purchasing them. Searching for something I didn't already own, and finding a reasonable price. So obviously now I search for coins to paint, and I continue to really enjoy the "hunt."
This coin features a King Penguin, a large "flightless bird" that that scientists still don't know why they lost their ability to fly. They are the 2nd largest penguin with an adult height of about 36 inches, and have a life span of 26 years in the wild. They live in several antarctic areas, including the Falkland Islands where this coin is from.
Fun fact: King Penguins walk slowly and do not hop.
My Favorite category is "Cats"
I am drawn to Cat designs when I paint coins. Of course I love all the animals and nature themes, but I have fostered bottle-fed baby kittens for almost a decade. I guess that makes me a little obsessed!
This 2015 coin is part of a Fauna series of coins from Turkey. Each year they come out with 2 new coin designs, each one featuring a different animal. The love of cats in Turkey dates back to the people who settled the city of Istanbul, the Ottomans. The mighty Ottomans worshipped cats based on their cleanliness and their ability to hunt. As a result of their long history with cats, felines have become an essential part of Turkish culture and the city of Istanbul.
Another interesting feature is that the coin is "bi-metal" with the center made of brass WITH a goldtone color, while the outside ring is a silver color. The color change isn't too evident on the painted side of the coin, but the other side it is very obvious and attractive.
At the current time, this coin is the most popular that I paint. That can always change, but this coin deserves the attention!
The coin features a loggerhead turtle which is highly migratory. They return annually to their place of birth on the Colombian beaches for nesting and laying their eggs. Unfortunately, these turtles are also critically endangered. This coin is both a beautiful design and is intended to help with awareness of the issues.
It is interesting that the wavy lines which represent the ocean waves on the coin, are there as a security device to prevent counterfeiting. There is also very small text between the waves saying "aqua" which means "water.." On the other side of the coin, you will find very small text that says "cuidar el agua" which translates to "take care of the water." Pretty cool design and nice environmental message for all of us.
Hand Painted Coins by Ann Nolen. Each coin has a story, and this blog shares the stories of the coins that I have painted.