WATCH: Canada has a new out of this world $20 coin
The Royal Canadian Mint has released a limited-edition $20 coin commemorating an out of this world moment in Canada's history.
On May 20, 1967, rock collector Stefan Michalak, 51, was scouring Falcon Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, east of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
According to the book 'When They Appeared' by Chris Rutkowski, Michalak saw a couple of strange silver objects in the sky and went to investigate as one of them landed nearby.
He managed to sketch what he saw on some paper he had with him.
Believing he was seeing some time of space program shuttle gone astray, Michalak approach the object and touched it. It was so hot it burned his glove.
The book says that is when the UFO shot back up into the sky, blasting hot gas on Michalak, setting his clothes on fire, injuring him.
Michalak's body was said to have a sulfuric odor for weeks following the incident. He was tested for radiation poisoning but all results came back negative.
A burned-out semicircle was later found burned into the ground and dead branches were found around the site.
The story has been investigated by the R.C.M.P., Canadian Forces and U.S. officials. It was even featured on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Now 51 years later the moment will be immortalized.
“The Royal Canadian Mint is known for having polar bears and maple leaves and beautiful natural settings on coins, but we also do a lot of coins that reflect Canada’s culture. And some of our best Canadian stories are actually supernatural stories,” Allison Crawford, a spokesperson for the Mint, citing the Ogopogo in Lake Okanagan and Quebec’s werewolf-like loup-garou.
There will only be 4,000 of the one-ounce pure silver coins produced.
On top of the UFO design, if the coin is held under a black light the yellowish blast that burned Michalak will glow.
The coin will have the standard $20 value but will retail for $129.95.