The Royal Canadian Mint has launched (8th January) their latest traditional silver dollar coin, which this year highlights the centennial anniversary of the Canadian Arctic expedition and at the same time, honors some of Canada’s most well known and celebrated explorers.
The 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition is considered one of the country’s greatest adventures of the early 20th century and was instrumental in mapping Canada’s Far North and studying its people, wildlife and resources – gaining knowledge and understanding of previously unseen and unvisited parts of our planet. Led by ethnologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson and zoologist Rudolph Anderson, the teams split into a Northern Party, headed by Stefansson to undertake the bulk of the mapping exercise, while Anderson’s Southern Party explored the geology, flora and fauna, and native inhabitants of the Arctic Mainland. After three years of research over thousands of kilometers of territory, the Canadian Arctic Expedition discovered new islands and mapped land which even local inhabitants had never seen. The Southern Party compiled 14 volumes of scientific data and gathered thousands of specimens and artifacts, some of which continue to educate Canadians through permanent national museum collections. The issue of the new Dollar coin revives the spirit of exploration and discovery by devoting the 2013 Proof Silver Dollar program to this historic 100th anniversary.
Designed by artist Bonnie Ross, her illustration of three men standing in front of a gear-packed dog sled, ready to take their first north-bound steps into uncharted territory, captures the vision of the explorers as they would have posed for one last photograph before setting out on their historic journey 100 years ago. The background of this scene is filled with the details of a compass rose, pointing northwards to show their intended destination. Double-dated 1913-2013, the denomination appears in text above the primary design. The obverse carries an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II sculpted by Susanna Blunt and used on Canadian circulation and selected commemorative coinage since 2003.
Struck in pure silver, the 2013 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition Silver Dollar has a weight of 23.1 grams and a diameter of 36 mm. A proof version has a mintage of 40,000 pieces authorized and a BU version of 20,000 pieces has been authorized for distribution.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.ca/ International orders fulfilled, information offered in both English & French.