Skip to content

Photog helps create a snowflake that doesn't melt in your purse

Photographer's image gets captured in silver
Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 3.34.43 PM
Snowflake coin.

A Barrie photographer who pushes the boundaries of macrophotography has inspired the Royal Canadian Mint to push the boundaries of creating currency.

Don Komarechka, who has published a book on snowflakes (Sky Crystals) and who is also working on a new series on macrophotography, helped design a new coin that features one of his images – a six-sided dendrite ice crystal.

“This coin uses a very special enamel that is a first for the Royal Canadian Mint. It shimmers and sparkles as you look at it from different angles, just like a snowflake,” said Komarechka.

“Not many photographers have their work used to inspire such designs and I have great respect for the engravers and craftsmen that worked to turn my snowflake design into a beautiful coin.”

Only 6,000 of the coins, which are silver and enhanced with blue glitter enamel, will be made.

With a face value of $20, the coin costs $113.95 and is exempt from HST.

More information about the coin and how to order one, which comes in a Canadian Mint-branded clamshell box and with a serialized certificate, is available on

Laurie Watt

About the Author: Laurie Watt

A journalist with 35 years experience in newspapers, Laurie is also an active volunteer in Barrie.
Read more