Francis Hans Johnston, (later known as Frank or Franz), was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1888. Johnston was a prolific painter. At an exhibition he held in Winnipeg in February 1922 (after taking a position as the principal of the Winnipeg School of Art), he displayed over 300 paintings—the largest solo exhibition Winnipeg had ever seen at that time.
Your coin is the 5th coin in the Group of Seven series. Don’t delay, order yours today!
• Every brush stroke was recreated on your coin in a beautiful proof finish (frosted raised elements on mirror background).
• 5th coin in the series. Other coins include : Lawren S. Harris, Toronto Street Winter Morning, Varley, Stormy Weather; Carmichael, Houses, Cobalt; and Lismer, Nova Scotia Fishing Village.
• GST/HST exempt.
• Crafted in 1 ounce of fine silver (99.99% pure).
• Limited to 7,000 coins worldwide. Previous coins in series sold quickly so don’t delay, order today!
Your coin features an adaptation of Franz Johnston’s painting, The Guardian of the Gorge. In this detail of the painting, we see massive outcroppings of granite acting as guard and gateway to a vast river canyon. The figurative becomes literal as one notices the figure of a crouching man emerge from the rock and at the crest of the cliff (not seen here), the face of the elderly guardian watches over the vast chasm. The outer frame on the reverse side features the words “CANADA” and “FRANZ JOHNSTON” along with the date “2013” and the face value of “20 DOLLARS.”
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint branded maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.