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Description

In 1927, three circulation coin designs were chosen to commemorate Confederation’s Diamond Jubilee; alas, they never made it onto a single coin. Ninety years later, the Royal Canadian Mint has finally breathed life into these proposed designs as new commemoratives to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. Each design has been struck in a large 38 mm format containing just over one ounce of pure silver. Mintage of this unique three coin set is limited to just 5,500. As pure silver coins struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.

All three coins feature the unused circulation coin designs intended to commemorate Canada’s Diamond Jubilee in 1927. Working with the original sketches, the Royal Canadian Mint’s engravers set out to interpret each artist’s vision as though the art had been entrusted to them today, to mark Confederation’s 150th anniversary.

The 90-year-old concepts have been painstakingly adapted for modern engraving techniques—including a reverse proof finish that allows the more brilliant engraved elements to shine bright against the matte backdrop.

The one-cent coin features an Art Nouveau-inspired design by Canadian artist Gustav Hahn (1866-1962), with a bough of maple leaves encircling the commemorative dates “1867-2017”.

The five-cent coin by Canadian artist J.E.H. MacDonald (1873-1932) features a crowned lion gripping a maple leaf as it stands perched on a rock, which represents the changing Canadian landscape cradled by the sea; beneath the forepaw is Canada’s motto, “A MARI USQUE AD MARE” (“From Sea to Sea”), while the commemorative dates “1867” and “2017” are inscribed above the lion.

A second design by MacDonald graces the reverse of the 25-cent coin, and centres on a soaring view of the iconic Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. The clock tower soars high above the clouds and is surrounded by a ribbon-wrapped laurel of leaves, from which hangs four bells—an ode to the Dominion Carillon, which was inaugurated on July 1, 1927, during the Diamond Jubilee festivities. Each bell bears engraved numbers that combine to form the commemorative dates “2017” and “1867”.

The obverse designs features an effigy of King George V, who reigned from 1910-1936.

Specifications
5457
CA
Royal Canadian Mint
Brilliant uncirculated
9999
CA
King George V as seen in greater detail from the original reliefs.
Various forgotten designs.
CAD 0.31 Total
2017
Gustav Hahn and J.E.H MacDonald
3.0270
5500

SKU

5457

Country

CA

Manufacturer

Royal Canadian Mint

Condition

Brilliant uncirculated

Purity

9999

Origin

CA

Obverse

King George V as seen in greater detail from the original reliefs.

Reverse

Various forgotten designs.

Legal Tender

CAD 0.31 Total

Year

2017

Designer

Gustav Hahn and J.E.H MacDonald

Metal Weight (ozt)

3.0270

Mintage

5500
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