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2021 Canada $250 Archival Treasures: 1912 Heraldic Design Fine Silver (No Tax)

2021 Canada $250 Archival Treasures: 1912 Heraldic Design Fine Silver (No Tax)

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2021 Canada $250 Archival Treasures: 1912 Heraldic Design Fine Silver (No Tax)

It was 100 years ago that a new, distinctive coat of arms was created for Canada. But before that, a dizzying array of heraldic art celebrated and represented a young nation that had yet to come into its own. One of those concepts has been plucked from the national archives and brought to life on this fine silver kilo coin. Its design is based on a 1912 drawing of Canadian heraldic emblems. And while the historic style itself is captivating, it’s what’s missing from the composition that provides rare insight into Canada’s heraldic past.

It’s an unforgettable mix of history, heraldry and art as the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Arms of Canada!

The reverse features an engraved rendering of a heraldic art concept that pre-dates the Arms of Canada proclaimed in 1921. Based on the pen-and-ink drawing by Joseph Aubé, the design centres on the quartered shield emblem of the Dominion of Canada and features a circular arrangement of the nine provincial coats of arms in use in 1912: (clockwise from the top) Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Quebec. The composition is surmounted by a stylized royal crown and surrounded by symbols of Canada, France and the United Kingdom, as well as a banner scroll that seemingly continues on the obverse. A garland of emblems also appears on the obverse, which features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

If this 1912 design looks incomplete by today’s standards, it’s because a few familiar emblems are missing: Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949; the coats of arms of Yukon and Northwest Territories were approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1956; and Nunavut’s coat of arms was granted in 1999, the year it became Canada’s newest territory.

In the original drawing and on this coin, Nova Scotia is represented by the arms granted to the province after Confederation. The 1868 shield featured a salmon on a blue band between three thistles on a gold field, but this new armorial emblem wasn’t popular; in 1929, it was replaced by the original arms granted in 1625.

Item Number: 179891
Mintage: 500
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight*: 1006 g
Diameter: 102.1 mm
Face Value: $250
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Joseph Aube

Special Features:
• From the Archives! In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Arms of Canada (1921-2021), the Royal Canadian Mint dug deep into Canada’s heraldic past and Library and Archives Canada’s collection to bring you a heraldic art treasure.
• Based on Historic Art! A fine silver follow-up to the 2020 Reimagined 1905 Arms of Dominion of Canada coin, this limited-edition piece is based on a pen-and-ink drawing from 1912. Every element has deeper meaning—especially the floral flourishes, which combine several national emblems.
• Big on Historic Details! The Royal Canadian Mint pored over every detail of the original drawing to get it right! The result is an engraved work of art that will appeal to traditionalists and history enthusiasts.
• Your coin is beautifully crafted in one kilogram of 99.99% fine silver and hand-polished to proof perfection!
• Part of a yearlong 100th anniversary celebration of the Arms of Canada from the Royal Canadian Mint.

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