The Royal Canadian Mint has released new gold Reverse Proof coins, highlighting the 100th anniversary of the official granting of Canada’s coat of arms by royal warrant on the 21st November 1921.
The crest (or coat of arms) serves as the country’s national emblem and is prominently featured on official documents and even government buildings. Every Canadian passport bears the crest on the cover. Dedicated Canadian coin and banknote collectors will know the crest is part of the design on all banknote denominations and is also the featured reverse design on 50-cent coins since 1937.
Heraldry is not exclusively the domain of countries, provinces or territories as anyone could apply to have their very own heraldic emblem or family crest. All Canadian citizens, municipalities, and organisations are welcome to contact the Canadian Heraldic Authority to request the creation of their own heraldic emblem, a coat of arms, flag, or badge. As part of the Canadian Honours System, heraldic emblems are granted in recognition of service to the community or nation.
The reverse side of the gold coins features a detailed and faithful reproduction of the original Arms of Canada proclaimed by King George V on the 21st November 1921. It also features the engraved word CANADA placed on the left side edge. The commemorative dates 1921 – 2021 are placed above the crest, and the face value 20 DOLLARS is placed on the right side edge.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created by Susanna Blunt and introduced onto Canadian coinage in 2003.
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The gold coins are struck in a thinner planchet or blank, allowing a greater surface of up to 25 percent and intricate detail to the design. The coins are also struck with a Reverse Proof technique that features a polished relief and textured field. Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a custom standard Royal Canadian Mint case and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional information about this coin and others available from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website.