Proof Silver Dollars Representing the Canadian Flag
The Royal Canadian Mint regularly distributes proof coins that commemorate some of the most important times in Canada’s history. These proof coins are the sharper and finer coins from the earliest stages of a run. Several coins have been issued to celebrate a key moment of national pride: the adoption of the national flag.
The Flag of Canada
Despite becoming a confederated country in 1867, Canada did not have a national flag for almost a full century. Recognizing that a flag is important to national identity, the government under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson worked to resolve the issue in 1964.
The following year on February 15, the new design was adopted and raised for the first time. The Flag of Canada is composed of a vertical triband of the national colours (red and white) with a red maple leaf in the center. The maple leaf has been a symbol of Canada since the 18th century. The national colours were adopted in 1921. Bringing together these two important symbols of the nation was a significant moment. On the 40th and 50th anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint struck commemorative coins.
2005 Red Enamel National Flag Proof Silver Dollar
This beautiful design shows a red enameled rendering of the flag waving proudly over Parliament Hill’s clock tower. There is also a firework exploding over the flag, highlighting the celebratory nature of the coin. The design on the reverse was created by artist William Woodruff. The obverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt. Her design has been used on coinage since 2003.
Collectors will love this coin for three reasons: It commemorates a significant milestone in national history, it features a beautiful design and it has eye-catching red enamel accents. This is a wonderful collector’s item for both coin enthusiasts and Canadian history lovers.
The coin comes in a maroon collector’s box that can be used as a display stand. Additionally, the full gift set included an interactive CD with details about the coin and the flag. The coin is made from 99.99% pure silver, is 36.07 mm in diameter and weighs 25.18 grams.
2015 50th Anniversary of the Flag Colourized Proof Silver Dollar
10 years later, the Royal Canadian Mint struck another commemorative coin, this time on the 50th anniversary. This coin features a reverse design created by John Mantha. It has a large flag waving from a pole over the head of a backpacker gazing forward to a horizon that represents a cross-section of Canada. The design is intended to represent the freedom and opportunities afforded to Canadians. It also shows the beautiful natural attractions of the country. The national flag signifies the unity felt by Canadians regardless of language, location or origin.
Fifty maple leaves form a ring around the outside of the reverse design. These represent the 50 years since the flag was first raised. On the obverse is the Queen’s portrait designed by Susanna Blunt. The coin is encapsulated in a square capsule and available in the mint’s deluxe proof silver set. Like the 40th-anniversary coin, this piece is sure to capture the hearts and minds of collectors. The beautiful red and white flag is immediately attention-grabbing.
Additionally, the profound and heartfelt symbolism represented in the reverse design is meaningful to all Canadians.
The code is 36.07 mm in diameter and is 23.17 grams of 99.99% pure silver. It also comes with a serialized certificate.
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These proof silver dollars represent an important moment in Canada’s past. What they symbolize has deep meaning for anyone who loves the history of this nation. Explore our full collection of Canadian proof silver dollars today to find the perfect coin for your collection.