OTTAWA - Canadian funnyman Martin Short is sharing a personal slice of cottage life through the creation of a special collector coin.
Short teamed up with the Royal Canadian Mint on the $3 fine silver collector coin, which features his summer home in Ontario's Muskoka district.
The comic legend consulted with Canadian artist Tony Bianco on the design of the Martin Short Presents Canada coin.
It features a sailboat gliding across a serene lake towards a boathouse, with pine and maple trees provide a canopy over two Adirondack chairs.
The coin also depicts the Canadian flag waving from a marine-inspired flag pole standing on one of the region's signature whaleback rocks.
As of June 11, the coin will be available at Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets. Coins can also be ordered directly from the Mint.
"In my international travels all these years, I've never met anyone who wasn't rather envious when I proudly proclaimed that I was indeed Canadian. As they should be. Multicultural, multi-faceted, multi-hip; that's Canada to me," said Short said in a statement Thursday.
"And as much as I adore the excitement of cities, it's rural Canada that has always had my heart. I am lucky enough to own a cottage on a lake roughly three hours north of Toronto in a staggeringly beautiful part of Canada, which I'm thrilled to share on this coin I had the privilege to help design."