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Coin No. 1: 1867 CONFEDERATION MEDAL RE-STRIKE- 10 oz. Pure Gold Piece
This pure silver limited edition restrike of Canada’s 1867 Confederation Medal, issued shortly after Confederation, is the first in a series of three important historical pieces commemorating Canadian Confederation. Each medal features a historic milestone in the story of our nation: Canadian Confederation in 1867, the 1927 Diamond Jubilee of Confederation, and Canada 150 in 2017.
When the Fathers of Confederation succeeded in creating a new nation in 1867, the event was celebrated by the production of Canada’s first official commemorative medal. Today this original medal is extremely rare and highly sought after, with attractive examples selling for several thousand dollars. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, this new limited edition restrike is being issued with all the spectacular detail and ultra-high relief of the original, making Canada’s most popular medal accessible to a new group of collectors.
The allegorical reverse design features Britannia, Great Britain’s timeless allegory, peacefully seated and adorned with a helmet and armour. She holds a trident on her right as a shield ornamented with the Royal Union Flag rests on her side. A lion, the stalwart symbol of Great Britain, is seated at Britannia’s feet and is resting its head on her knees. Britannia is presenting a figurative representation of the British North America Act that reads CONFEDERATION.
The Confederation scroll is being bestowed upon four young maidens, who represent the four original provinces of 1867 (clockwise from the top): Ontario with a sickle and sheaf symbolizing agriculture; Quebec holding a canoe paddle that representing commerce; Nova Scotia with a shovel representing its rich mining; and New Brunswick with an axe, representing forestry. The prominent Latin motto aroun the reverse reads JUVENTAS ET PATRIUS VIGOR, or YOUTH AND PATRIOTIC STRENGTH.
Coin No. 2: 1927 DIAMOND JUBILEE OF CONFEDERATION RE-STRIKE- 10 oz. Pure Gold Piece
This pure silver limited edition restrike of Canada’s 1927 Diamond Jubilee of Confederation medal is the second in a series of three important historical pieces commemorating Canadian Confederation. Each medal features a historic milestone in the story of our nation: Canadian Confederation in 1867, the 1927 Diamond Jubilee of Confederation, and Canada 150 in 2017.
As Canada reached its milestone 60th Anniversary of Confederation, the precedent first set in 1867 was followed with a new official medal representing an updated image of Canada. The design was first created by Canadian illustrator Charles William Jefferys (1869-1951), and was engraved by the illustrious French medallist, Raymond Delamarre (1890-1986) of the Paris Mint. Medals were struck in silver and bronze and awarded to prominent Canadians, dignitaries and members of government, while one medal was struck in gold and presented to King George V. 90 years after the celebration of Canada’s 60th anniversary of confederation, this re-strike of the original design continues to honour the legacy set forth by the Fathers of Confederation and those who carried on fulfilling their vision of what Canada could become.
The 1927 medal design provides an allegorical representation of the growth, development and early transformation of Canada. In place of the four eager young maidens which represented the founding provinces of Canada on the 1867 medal, a new single “Canada” figure on the 1927 medal has gained maturity and confidence, and represents the unified country. Her arms are spread wide, echoing Canada’s official motto which appears across the medal AD MARI USQUE AD MARE (“FROM SEA TO SEA”). Below the allegorical figure are sheaves of wheat and clusters of maple leaves. Behind her, a map of the country includes the transcontinental rail links and the shield from the Royal Arms of Canada. The names of four prominent explorers are also included: (Captain James) Cook, (Captain George) Vancouver are inscribed along the West coast, while (Jacques) Cartier and (Samuel de) Champlain are inscribed on the East side of the map. ‘Canada’ stands proudly on a pedestal marked 1867-1927.
The obverse features a regal crowned effigy of King George V by Sir Bertram Mackennal. While this is essentially the same portrait that appears on most Canadian coins from 1911 to 1936, it appears as an exceptional striking image in this large format with high relief and a proof-like finish.
Coin No. 3 - 2017 CANADA 150 SILVER & GOLD MEDALS - 10 oz. Pure Gold Piece
This pure silver limited edition 2017 “Celebrating Canada 150” medal is the final issue in a series of three important historical pieces commemorating Canadian Confederation. Each medal features a historic milestone in the story of our nation: Canadian Confederation in 1867, the 1927 Diamond Jubilee, and Canada 150 in 2017. The medal has been produced on the occasion of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, and has been approved by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, the tradition of ultra-high relief 76 mm table medals introduced in 1867 continues with this new design by talented Canadian artist Rebecca Yanovskaya. The obverse features a new effigy of Her Majesty by Susanna Blunt exclusively designed for this medal and officially approved by Queen Elizabeth for this medal.
The imagery centers on an allegorical personification of Canada. “Canada” is presented as a youthful woman who is also strong and confident. She is flanked by a polar bear, symbolizing strength, power, natural beauty, and our reach to the northern most parts of the continent. Canada holds a shield with a maple leaf. The maple leaf is one of Canada’s oldest and most recognizable symbols, while the shield represents Canada as a place of safety where we enjoy law and order, freedom of expression, and the ability to practice our own beliefs and religion. In Canada’s right hand she proudly holds a familiar representation our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which helps to define us as a modern free nation. A fur is draped over ‘Canada’s right shoulder, recognizing the historic fur trade which brought many of the first Europeans to British North America, and to the relationships forged with the native peoples. The central figures stand proudly on a pedestal marked “Canada 150”, with the country’s history behind it and the future awaiting. The updated Latin motto “A MARI, AD MARE, AD MARE”, translates to “FROM SEA TO SEA TO SEA”, representing the expansion of Canada to the north.
At the bottom right CP Engine 371 is featured, the first to cross the country in 1886. An image of the Empress of Britain ship is included representing the link to England and immigration from Europe. The spherical lines emphasize Canada’s historic connection to Great Britain, France and other countries of the ‘old world”, as well as the modern connection of new immigrants to nearly every country in the world. A modern airplane represents the more usual way new Canadians arrive today.