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2020 Canada $10 350th Anniversary of Hudson's Bay Company Fine Silver (No Tax)

2020 Canada $10 350th Anniversary of Hudson's Bay Company Fine Silver (No Tax)
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2020 Canada $10 350th Anniversary of Hudson's Bay Company Fine Silver (No Tax)

In the 19th century, Hudson's Bay Company introduced separate coinage for its fur trade and retail activities. The metal trade tokens differed by district but the idea was the same: fur trappers received them as credit against future purchases made at HBC trading posts. The design replicated on this 99.99% pure silver coin is based on the East Main District (east/south of Hudson Bay) brass Made Beaver tokens issued between 1860 and 1870. These were named for HBC's standardized currency unit, the "Made Beaver" (MB), which was equal to the value of one prime adult male beaver pelt. The tokens were issued in four different denominations and sizes: 1 MB (30 mm), 1/2 MB (27 mm), 1/4 MB (25 mm) and 1/8 MB (19 mm). And each obverse featured the letters "HB" (Hudson's Bay Company), "EM" (East Main District) and "MB" (Made Beaver), although a few were mistakenly stamped with "NB."

The reverse design is a faithful reproduction of a 19th-century fur trade token issued by Hudson's Bay Company. Framed by an oak wreath, the company's coat of arms features elk supporters and a silver shield with the cross of St. George and four beavers (one in each quarter). The crest depicts a fox sitting on the cap of maintenance. The company motto "PRO PELLE GUTEM" (Latin for "a pelt for a skin") appears below the shield on a banderole. The obverse features the year "2020", the face value "10 DOLLARS", and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Item Number: 177002
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Mintage: 10,000
Weight: 15.87 g
Diameter: 34 mm
Face Value: $10
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Historical reproduction (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

Special Features:
• Celebrate HBC's 350th anniversary! Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) is one of Canada's most recognizable icons and this token replica coin represents the story of a company, a nation and its currency.
• Exceptional sculpting: Our passion and dedication to historical accuracy knows no bounds! The Royal Canadian Mint has engraved this modern coin in the same style as the original token to ensure a period-authentic look.
• Special HBC packaging: Your coin is packaged in a custom HBC-branded beauty box.

Black clamshell with graphic beauty box.

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