Agter looking at the New Zealand Post’s innovative rotating coin, the Perth Mint’s triple selection including a clever Intaglio silver coin, and the Royal Australian Mints effort, we head over to the other major Commonwealth country, Canada, to have a look at the range they’ve released for the record-breaking event. As is usual for the Royal Canadian Mint, releases are plentiful, and awash with maple leaves.
First up is a pair of unique 1 oz designs, a coloured silver and a gold. Both depend heavily on the maple imagery, but the gold for us at least, is clearly the superior design, spoiled slightly by an overabundance of text inscriptions towards the bottom that would’ve been better placed on the obverse. Mintage on the silver is plentiful at 10,000, but just 300 of the gold are to be available.
Next up are a pair of fractional sets. The silver is heavily maple-themed, but pulls it off with some sympathetic yellow and rose-gold gilding. A great touch is the use of the original 1952 version of the Queens effigy on the obverse. Also gilded, it’s a superior rendition to the Susanna Blunt version that adorns modern RCM coins. The 1 oz coin is slightly different in that two of the three maple leaves on it are gilded, the other four coins just having rose gold gilding to the largest of the three leaves. It also has an inscription around the coins edge. The gold set is a good one also. Four coins carrying the same design excepy for the 1 oz again that has ER and a crown incorporated into the design which has then been enamelled in purple, a royal colour for millenia. The 1 oz coin has asrial numbered inscribed into the edge. Each of the coin coins carries a different effigy of the Queen on its obverse side. All are available to order now.
On September 9th, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest ruling monarch in British history, holding the throne for an amazing 63 years, seven months and two days. An incredibly popular Queen, Elizabeth impressed the British people with her work during the Second World War, and has remained well respected to this day. She is the most widely travelled head of state in history, and only 1 in 7 people in the world today have ever seen somebody else on the British throne. Her portrait has adorned simply countless numbers of coins and banknotes, and her face is likely the most recognised of any human being alive today.
SILVER AND GOLD ONE-OUNCE
As the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation approaches, celebrations abound. In addition to the foundational role played by the Fathers of Confederation, the support of two royal “mothers”—Queen Victoria and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II—helped to pave the way for national sovereignty. To date, these two exceptional reigns cover a total of 96 of Canada’s 148 years, and each Queen influenced major historical milestones along the way.
SILVER: Designed by Canadian artist Cathy Bursey Sabourin, your coin features two cyphers sitting above a wreath of maple leaves that have a motto ribbon incorporated into the design. On the upper left is the cypher used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and on the upper right is a cypher that was used by Queen Victoria. Each cypher is ensigned with a crown. Each crown is depicted in a style specifically used by each monarch. The motto ribbon, woven into the wreath, is inscribed with the Latin words “VIVAT REGINA”, which means “LONG LIVE THE QUEEN”.
GOLD: The reverse design by Canadian artist Cathy Bursey Sabourin features the cyphers superimposed a maple leaf, as per Crown of Maples book. The cypher for Queen Elizabeth II is on the left and the one for Queen Victoria is on the right. The design is ensigned by the St. Edward’s crown, which is the style of royal crown used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.