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2012 Canada $300 Quebec Coat of Arms 14K Gold (capsule lightly scratched)

2012 Canada $300 Quebec Coat of Arms 14K Gold (capsule lightly scratched)
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2012 Canada $300 Quebec Coat of Arms 14K Gold Coin

Designing a nation's character

During the Middle Ages, any knight who went into battle needed to distinguish friend from foe and would paint identifying marks on his shield. Later, these markings began appearing on military surcoats and cloaks worn by royal messengers.

This is how the Coat of Arms was born-a design of heraldic symbols created to represent a monarchy, a clan, a territory or a nation. Even Canada, a nation formed long after the Middle Ages, has a Coat of Arms-as does every province and territory within its domain.

The Coat of Arms of Quebec was originally granted by Queen Victoria in 1868, but was revised and adopted by Order-in-Council of the Quebec government in 1939 in order to -[more accurately reflect] the history and heraldic data of the province.

In these Arms, Quebec's Provincial Shield is divided into three horizontal fields that reflect the French and British influence in the creation of Canada. The three fleurs-de-lys in the top field symbolize France; the royal lion in the center symbolizes Britain; and the three maple leaves in the bottom field symbolize Canada.

The royal crown above the Shield is another representation of the British monarchy while the motto, 'Je me souviens' (I remember), at the bottom of the Arms is a reminder to all Quebecers to honour and preserve their history.

Item Number: 116629
Face Value: 300 dollars
Mintage: 500
Composition: 58.33% gold, 41.67% Silver
Weight (g): 60
Diameter (mm): 50
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof

Special Features:
- Ninth issue in this bi-annual series.
- Every detail of the Coat of Arms of Quebec faithfully reproduced in 14 karat gold.

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.

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