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2021 Canadian $20 Canada’s Unexplained Phenomena: The Montreal Incident - 1 oz Fine Silver Glow-in-the-Dark Coin

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2021 Canadian $20 Canada’s Unexplained Phenomena: The Montreal Incident - 1 oz Fine Silver Glow-in-the-Dark Coin

Dubbed the “Montréal Incident,” this famous UFO sighting has been re-created on our fourth Unexplained Phenomena coin. Its colourful, glow-in-the-dark design transports you to the rooftop pool at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal on the night of November 7, 1990, when a mysterious object suddenly appeared in the sky.

On the coin, the UFO’s light beams are enhanced with black light paint technology, which is activated by the flashlight that comes with your coin. We’ve even engineered a Fresnel optical effect that alters that way light reflects on the coin, depending on your viewing angle—tilt the coin and you’ll see!

A UFO in downtown Montréal? It’s our fourth Unexplained Phenomena! Order your coin today!


OUR FOURTH UFO SIGHTING! From unusual sightings to strange encounters, this series of colourful coins brings you some of Canada’s most fascinating tales of unexplained phenomena. Coin #4 features a colourful re-telling of the Montréal Incident in November 1990, when a UFO was spotted from the rooftop pool at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal.
A MINT FIRST: FRESNEL BEAMS! On your coin’s reverse, the UFO’s light beams are enhanced by a Fresnel optical effect—a first for us! An array of features has been engineered in a way that alters the way the light reflects off the coin, so that it appears to move in, out and across the beams depending on your viewing angle.
BLACK LIGHT TECHNOLOGY! The UFO’s bright light beams colourfully lit up the night sky, and they certainly do on your coin’s reverse. Your coin comes with a black light flashlight that activates the embedded black light paint technology, which emphasizes the outline of the UFO and adds an intense, colourful glow to the light beams that are also reflected on the pool surface.
VERTICAL ORIENTATION! Like the 2019 coin that depicted the Shag Harbour Incident, this 1 oz. 99.99% pure silver rectangular coin features a vertical orientation that emphasizes height. It shows the UFO hovering in place above the rooftop pool of the 17-storey building, high above Montréal’s busy downtown core.
OBVERSE FIELD PATTERN! The obverse’s engraved field pattern is a nod to the reverse design, and to the mysterious light beams that were observed by multiple witnesses on the night of November 7, 1990.
ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR THEMES! Collectors love a good UFO story. The proof? All previous coins in the series sold out, and with a mintage of 5,000, this one is also expected to sell out quickly.
A SOUGHT-AFTER PIECE! Whether you’re fascinated by UFOs, or you just love a colourful coin that tells a great story, this coin is for you. Crafted from 1 oz. of 99.99% pure silver, this rectangular coin is a fun addition to any collection and makes a great gift.
INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.


The reverse design by Canadian graphic design artist Patrick Belanger features the artist’s rendition of an aerial UFO phenomenon that occurred on November 7, 1990 in Montréal, Que. The colourful image shows the event from the perspective of those who spotted the object from the rooftop pool at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal. The object’s bright light beams are amplified by black light paint technology and an engineered Fresnel effect, which varies the intensity of reflected light depending on the viewing angle. The obverse features a field pattern and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.


Face Value: $20
Mintage: 5,000
Composition: 99.99% Silver
Weight (g): 31.56
Diameter (mm): 49.8 x 28.6
Finish: Proof


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