Re­lease the Kraken

Ger­ald Gloade of Mill­brook has sec­ond coin pro­duced by the Royal Cana­dian Mint

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - FRAM DINSHAW

MILL­BROOK, N.S. – A sil­ver coin de­signed by Mill­brook’s Ger­ald Gloade has made its de­but in Ger­many.

Gloade be­gan de­sign­ing the Norse-themed Kraken coin last July. His mo­tif was cho­sen by the Royal Cana­dian Mint (RCM) and the sil­ver col­lec­tor’s coin was dis­played at the World Money Fair in Ber­lin from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. The World Money Fair fea­tures coin dis­plays from around the world.

“It’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing,” said Gloade. “I’m happy to see it fi­nally re­leased.”

The sil­ver $10 coin is not for mass cir­cu­la­tion, how­ever. It is Cdn$350 to pur­chase.

One side fea­tures the Kraken, a le­gendary sea mon­ster from Scan­di­na­vian folk­lore with char­ac­ter­is­tics of a squid. The other feat­ues a pro­file of Queen El­iz­a­beth II. It weighs two ounces and is made of .9999 pure sil­ver bullion.

“This is brand spank­ing new,” said Gloade Fri­day. “I just saw it to­day for the first time.”

The orig­i­nal coin de­sign theme was “Myth­i­cal Crea­tures.” This was changed to “Crea­tures of the North.” The Kraken it­self is fea­tured in Vik­ing le­gends from New­found­land. Norse set­tlers briefly set­tled on the island, but the com­mu­nity did not sur­vive, likely due to lack of food and harsh cli­mate.

Gloade de­signed his Kraken mo­tif us­ing both pen­cil sketches and his home com­puter in Mill­brook.

This is not the first of Gloade’s de­signs to be cho­sen by the RCM. In 2017, his draw­ing of a First Na­tions beaver made it onto a nickel for the Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions, picked from thou­sands of en­tries.

Beaver pelts were traded by Canada’s First Na­tions as a sort of cur­rency. Gloade’s 2017 coin en­tered cir­cu­la­tion, un­like his sil­ver coin.

Af­ter his nickel suc­cess, the RCM in­vited Gloade to work with them again to de­sign the sil­ver coin. He was sworn to se­crecy un­til re­cently.

Both coin de­signs were ded­i­cated to Gloade’s grand­chil­dren. The nickel was made in hon­our of his grand­daugh­ter, Nina, and the sil­ver coin was for his new grand­son, Ly­dian.

Gloade’s cousin Bob, chief of Mill­brook First Na­tion, was pleased to see his rel­a­tive’s suc­cess. He said both Gloade and fel­low Mill­brook lo­cal Alan Syl­li­boy have de­signed coins for the RCM.

“This will be the third coin pro­duced by a com­mu­nity mem­ber, which is a sig­nif­i­cant part of the work done by lo­cal artists,” said Bob. “We’re proud of the work com­mu­nity mem­bers have done.”


Ger­ald Gloade de­signs coins us­ing both a home com­puter and pen­cil sketches, be­fore sub­mit­ting them to the Royal Cana­dian Mint in Ot­tawa.


This is what the col­lec­tor’s sil­ver coin de­signed by Mill­brook’s Ger­ald Gloade will look like. It will sell for $350 and was dis­played at the World Money Fair in Ber­lin last month.

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