2013 Canada $200 Pure Gold Coin - Jacques Cartier (TAX Exempt)
The second coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's Great Explorers of Canada series, featuring Jacques Cartier.
This coin is certified to be of 99.99% pure gold with a diameter of 29 millimetres and a metal weight of 15.43 grams. The reverse design by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw depicts a full-length three-quarter profile portrait of explorer Jacques Cartier, flanked by French soldiers and an aboriginal guide, as he stands atop a riverbank, surveying this new land of 'Canada.'
Cartier stands in the front, slightly to the centre right of the image, his sixteenth-century attire rendered in exceptional detail, including a knee-length cassock or mandilion-style long-sleeved jacket belted at the waist, breeches and hose, and galosh-style overshoes.
A small, modest ruff rises from the collar of the shirt beneath his jacket. He wears a beret-like hat and his short hair, groomed moustache, and pointed beard are characteristic of French men's fashions of the era. In his left hand he holds a sword. He stands at a high point on a wooded shoreline with the river with his ship and the opposing St. Lawrence riverbank visible beneath a cloud bank in the distance. Approaching behind him and to the right side of the image is a First Nations man in a one-shouldered buckskin garment.
He is wearing a large medallion-like ornament around his neck and a large earring, with a feather rising vertically from the back of his head. His hair is long and he bears a cautiously smiling visage.
To the left side of the image, approaching behind Cartier, are two French halberdiers holding their tall pike-like weapons topped with axe heads and sporting the iron helmets, close-fitting doublets, and wide breeches characteristic of French soldiers at this time.
In the water behind the men floats one of Cartier's exploratory tall ships, its masts, flags, lines, and other details finely rendered. The reverse image, which occupies the full field, is engraved with the word 'CANADA,' the date '2013', and the face value of '200 DOLLARS.' The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Item Number: 121637
Face Value: 200 dollars
Composition: 99.99% pure gold
Weight (g): 15.43
Diameter (mm): 29
- The second coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's Great Explorers of Canada series highlights the famous explorer Jacques Cartier; his full-length portrait rendered in exceptional detail in 99.99% pure gold.
- The series heralds Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017 by featuring the explorers who set this land on its historical path to becoming the nation now known as Canada.
- A beautiful and memorable design depicts Cartier at a key moment in his exploration of Canada, while also highlighting the fundamental role and importance of Canada's Aboriginal peoples in the country's history and origins.
- Very limited mintage: only 1,500 coins available worldwide.
- A distinctive addition to any coin collection and an excellent gift for lovers of Canadian history, explorers and exploration, and Canadiana.
Coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.