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2024 Canada $200 Tall Ships: Topsail Schooner Pure Gold (No Tax)

2024 Canada $200 Tall Ships: Topsail Schooner Pure Gold (No Tax)

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2024 Canada $200 Tall Ships: Topsail Schooner Pure Gold (No Tax)

Sail into history with the third Tall Ships coin.

Distinguished by the square sails on its foremast, the topsail schooner featured on the third pure gold Tall Ships coin is a striking example of the sail plan that made this type of tall ship both strong and nimble. The rigging allowed these two- (or more) masted vessels to carry more sail when sailing off the wind. More importantly, the square topsails provided increased sail area for more speed, and, combined with fore and aft sails, made the ship easier to maneuver in heavy seas – an important consideration for coastal trading in the 1800s.

Add a third Tall Ships to your growing fleet.

Topsail schooners were used in maritime warfare and were a popular type of privateer ship in the War of 1812. While lower sails could get in the way of the sailors working the guns, the small square topsails were less at risk of being ruined by enemy fire.

The reverse design by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross features a three-quarter view of a two-mast topsail schooner heeled over and with all sails set to catch the wind. The reverse includes the word “CANADA”, a face value of “200 DOLLARS” and the year “2024”. The obverse features the gold-plated effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. 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.

RCM Number: 245437
Mintage: 800
Composition: 99.99% pure gold
Weight: 15.43 g
Diameter: 29 mm
Face Value: $50
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Bonnie Ross (reverse), Susannah Blunt (obverse)

Special Features:
  • Third coin in the series. The annual Tall Ships series of pure gold coins celebrates the legendary vessels that drew international acclaim for Canada’s shipyards and contributed to our rich maritime heritage.
  • Back to Canada’s golden age of sail. Each instalment showcases a different type of tall ship or sail plan, beginning with the brigantine (2022) and continuing with the full-rigged ship (2023), and now, the topsail schooner (2024).
  • Impeccable craftsmanship. Every Tall Ships coin is an expertly engraved and exquisitely detailed portrait of Canada’s past. These are the wooden ships that shaped the course of Canada’s history, and they served as a testament to our nation’s seafaring traditions and shipbuilding prowess.
  • Pure gold portrait. Your low mintage (800) coin is crafted from 99.99% pure gold. Its luminous, mirror-like finish lights up the engraved art on the coin’s reverse.
  • A popular theme. A prestigious addition to any collection, especially a gold, history or nautical-themed one.
  • Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

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