The Royal Canadian Mint have issued their annual silver dollar which marks the centennial of Canada’s National Parks programme. The Dominion Parks Branch, known today as Parks Canada, was founded in 1911, and mandated to conserve Canada’s unrivaled wilderness.
The obverse of the coin carries artist Susanna Blunt’s distinctive & informal portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II along with the legend “ELIZABETH II D G REGINA” surrounding the portrait.
The stunning reverse design is the work of artist Luc Normandin and is eye-catching as it depicts four endangered ecological treasures which are cradled in the hands of a young Canadian, a Whooping Crane, the Southern Maidenhair Fern, the Western Prairie- Fringed Orchid and a Kentucky Coffee Tree. The year of issue “1911 – 2011” is seen towards the lower half of the coin and “CANADA DOLLAR” is positioned just above the central design.
The 100th Anniversary of Parks Canada Silver Dollar is struck in .925 silver with a weight of 25.1 grams and a diameter of 36 mm. It is produced as both a proof issue with a mintage of 40,000 pieces and a BU strike with mintages of 25,000 pieces.
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