The Royal Canadian Mint have launched the latest coin in their Banknote series which depicts well-known or the most artistic banknotes to have been issued in Canada prior to actual Bank of Canada banknotes which came into use from 1935 onwards.
Previously, Canadians utilized banknotes issued from private commercial banks and many of them were both intricately detailed and very artistic with depictions of allegorical figures and images of commerce and exploration. The latest coin features the vignette that appeared on the $5 note from Barclays Bank (Canada) in 1929, and was utilized on a number of denominations over the years. Originally painted by Alonzo Earl Foringer and engraved for the printing press by Robert Savage, it features a female allegorical figure gazing at a globe with a winged disc in her hand; symbolic of the bank’s expansion into Canada at the time. In order to prepare Foringer’s painting for the bank note, the image had to be reduced in size and adapted for printing. A series of tintypes or soft metal “photographs” were created, and then Robert Savage, one of America’s most celebrated engravers, translated every detail of the original into a series of dots and lines for the printing press.
The vignette which originally appeared on the $5 note from Barclays Bank appears on the reverse design of the coin. The obverse includes the current portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II which is used on all Canadian coins since 2003 the portrait is the work of Susanna Blunt.
This is the fourth and final coin in the popular banknote series, the first coin in the series was issued in early 2013, followed by two more coins, one also in 2013 and in 2014.
For additional information on this coin or to place an order, please visit the Royal Canadian Mint product page. Information offered in English and French, international orders dispatched.