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2023 Canada Honouring Elsie MacGill Commemorative Collector Keepsake Card

2023 Canada Honouring Elsie MacGill Commemorative Collector Keepsake Card

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2023 Canada Honouring Elsie MacGill Commemorative Collector Keepsake Card

Celebrate Elsie MacGill, who believed we are all capable of reaching for the sky.

Elizabeth “Elsie” MacGill (1905-1980) was a person of brilliant mind and unconquerable spirit who excelled in aeronautical engineering and elevated others by championing women’s rights. Twice featured (with and without colour) in this Commemorative Collector Keepsake Card, the 2023 $1 commemorative circulation coin celebrates this exceptional Canadian once dubbed the “Queen of the Hurricanes,” whose accomplishments – as well as her exemplary desire to improve and uplift others – were driven by her unrelenting belief that we can all soar higher. One Keepsake Card gives you two $1 Honouring Elsie MacGill coins: one with colour and one without.

A 1942 issue of True Comics dubbed her “Queen of the Hurricanes.” As Chief Aeronautical Engineer, Elsie MacGill supervised the engineering work for the Canadian production of more than 1,450 Hawker Hurricanes for the Allied war effort – she even designed a winterized version.

Already Canada’s first practising professional woman engineer, Elsie MacGill became the first woman in North America – and possibly the world – to earn a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. That same year (1929), she contracted polio and was told she would never walk again, but she defied expectations by learning to walk with the support of canes.

About the $2, $1, 25¢, 10¢ and 5¢ coins included in this Commemorative Collector Keepsake Card: As the Royal Canadian Mint focuses their attention on commemorating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2022), they will not be issuing 2023-dated Canadian circulation coins featuring both the traditional reverse designs and an obverse featuring Queen Elizabeth II. Instead, we are offering a collector’s edition of these annual issues that have been struck in limited numbers. These are non-circulation coins, meaning they are legal tender but not intended for general circulation. The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.

Item Number: 208337
Mintage: 50,000
Finish: Circulation
Artist: Claire Watson (obverse of $1 commemorative), Susannah Blunt (reverse)

Composition Weight Diameter Edge
2 Dollars Nickel Plated Steel 6.99 g 28 mm Interrupted Serrations
1 Dollar Brass Plated Steel 6.27 g 26.5 mm Plain
1 Dollar
1 Dollar
25 cents Nickel Plated Steel 4.4 g 23.8 mm Serrated
10 cents 1.75 g 18.03 mm
5 cents 3.95 g 21.2 mm Plain

Special Features:

Make the inspirational story of Elsie MacGill a part of your collection! The 2023 $1 Honouring Elsie MacGill coin honours an extraordinary Canadian whose life and achievements are among the most exceptional and noteworthy Canadian stories of the 20th century.
Two $1 coins in one Keepsake Card. Each Keepsake Card includes both versions of the 2023 $1 Honouring Elsie MacGill commemorative circulation coin: one with colour and one without (engraved only). Dubbed “Queen of the Hurricanes,” MacGill oversaw the engineering work on Hawker Hurricanes produced in Canada during the Second World War, and that aircraft is highlighted on the colourized coin.
Features the traditional effigy! The 2023 Honouring Elsie MacGill coin is one of the few 2023-dated circulation coins to feature the transitional effigy and be destined for general circulation.
Exceptionally rare for 2023. Each Keepsake Card also gives you 2023-dated versions of Canada’s classic $2, $1, 25¢, 10¢, 5¢ coins — a rarity in a year when these are only available as non-circulation coins (legal tender but not intended for general circulation).
All are uncirculated coins! These coins have never been circulated: they all have a newly minted quality.
Celebratory packaging! The coins are packaged together in a colourful folder that allows for easy viewing of the coins and a timeline of key events in the life of Elsie MacGill.

Collect, keep, and share!. With 50,000 available, this Keepsake Card is a great addition to any collection. It’s also an affordable introductory piece that makes it easy to share your interest in the theme, or in coin-collecting, with others.

The coins come packaged in a colourful, informative, ready-to-display collector card.

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