The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new coin set which, for many collectors, is the quintessential series of Canadian commemorative coins. This set, aside from the usual circulation coins, honors some of the most widely collected issues in all Canadian coinage.
Very few modern coins are as readily recognised and admired as Canada’s Centennial Confederation anniversary commemorative coins. Regarded as one of Canada’s most memorable and desirable coin sets by serious numismatists and ordinary coin collectors alike, the seven coins were issued on the centennial anniversary of Canadian confederation, which was celebrated in 1967. For the occasion, and for the first time since 1914, a gold coin was issued, along with special one-year reverse designs which were described as both artistic and elegant due to the simple depiction of various animals and wildlife prevalent in Canada. The double-dated (1867–1967) coins included a $20 gold coin which carried the intricate and detailed Canadian national crest. The .800 fine silver coins, along with the 5-cent nickel and 1-cent copper coin, included the images of a rock dove (1 cent), a rabbit in motion (5 cents), a mackerel (10 cents), a prowling bobcat (25 cents), a howling wolf (50 cents), and a goose in flight (1 dollar). CANADA and the years 1867 – 1967 were placed below each depiction, with the denomination of each coin placed above each design. The man behind these now-iconic coin designs, which were featured on the reverse sides, was the acclaimed artist Alex Colville (1920–2013). He was one of many Canadian artists, sculptors, and designers who were invited to submit their coinage designs in a competition launched in 1964. On the 20th April 1966, Mr. Coleville was announced as the winner of the competition, receiving a $2,500 prize for the winning design in each denomination. Together with the elegant effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by Arnold Machin, which was introduced onto Canadian coinage two years previously, these designs were very well received by both the public and coin specialists alike.
The following slider images show each original centennial coin at left and the 2017 commemorative at right. (Images of the 1967 coins are provided by Coin Update Sponsor APMEX, which currently has several examples in stock.)
20 Dollars (reverse)
20 Dollars (obverse)
The beloved 1967 Canadian centennial coins are truly unforgettable; they are coveted collectibles that are admired for their historical value and aesthetic beauty, and cherished for igniting the passion of many lifelong coin collectors. The newly issued set faithfully recreates these reverse designs and the effigy of the Queen which was in use on the obverse in 1967. The new dates 1967 – 2017 take the place of the original year dates when the coins were first issued. Included in this updated set is the $20 coin which is replicated in pure silver and plated in pure gold. As an added feature to this updated set, the 1-cent coin was minted and included in the coin set since the denomination was discontinued in 2012; it is also plated in pure gold.
|1¢||.999 silver||2.94 g||19.1 mm||Proof with gold plating||20,000|
|5¢||.999 silver||5.5 g||21.2 mm||Proof|
|10¢||.999 silver||2.45 g||18.0 mm||Proof|
|25¢||.999 silver||6 g||23.8 mm||Proof|
|50¢||.999 silver||11.75 g||29.7 mm||Proof|
|$1||.999 silver||23.17 g||36.0 mm||Proof|
|$20||.999 silver||9.25 g||27.1 mm||Proof with gold plating|
This anniversary set includes a serialised certificate of authenticity and seven individually encapsulated coins presented in a Royal Canadian Mint–branded, genuine leather, book-style custom case. This case provides a practical way to showcase and preserve these coins as a set. For additional information on these and other coins, please visit the website of the Royal Canadian Mint.