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All three medals in the series including the new 2017 Canada 150 issue are all spectacularly beautiful, exeptionally high quality, historically important and exceedingly scarce. This is a rare opportunity to own Canada’s most celebrated and sought after commemorative medals, at a special one time price to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Each medal has a large diameter of 76.25 mm (3 inches) and a weight of just over ten ounces of pure silver. Mintage in silver is limited to just 1,000 pieces. As ten ounce silver medals of the highest quality and purity, this item is GST/HST exempt.
Canada’s first and most celebrated official commemorative medal dated 1867 was issued shortly after Confederation. Silver examples of this large ultra high relief 76 mm table medal were presented to the leading Fathers of Confederation including Sir John A. Macdonald, and one example was struck in gold and presented to Queen Victoria. These spectacular medals are extremely rare and sought after today, with attractive examples in silver selling for thousands of dollars on the rare occasion they come into the market. A similar medal was struck in 1927 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation, and original silver examples of this medal are also extremely rare and valuable.
The tradition of issuing beautifully designed symbolic table medals on important anniversaries of Confederation is continued this year to celebrate Canada 150 with a new limited edition 76 mm table medal officially approved by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. This stunning new medal features an ultra high relief allegorical design on the reverse and a new 2017 high relief effigy of Queen Elizabeth designed by Susanna Blunt on the obverse. Mintage in silver is limited to just 1,000 pieces.
As part of the Canada 150 celebration, a small number of collectors also now have the opportunity to own the original design 1867 and 1927 commemorative medals in silver. While the designs are identical to the originals issued in 1867 and in 1927, they can be distinguished by edge lettering indicating they are Canada 150 restrikes. Medals have been produced to the highest medallic art standards by the Canadian Heritage Mint.
As a celebration of Confederation and the creation of the new country of Canada, the Fathers of Confederation commissioned two of the greatest engravers of the 19th century to produce Canada’s first officially sanctioned medal. One example of the original medal struck in gold was presented to Queen Victoria in recognition of her support for Confederation, while a silver medal was awarded to Sir John A. MacDonald and other prominent Fathers of Confederation. Additional silver and bronze medals were presented over the following years to noteworthy Canadians who contributed in a significant way to life in Canada. 150 years later, this re-strike of the original design continues to honour the legacy set forth by the Fathers of Confederation.
1867 Confederation Design:
The reverse is a faithful re-issue of the medal’s original design by world-renowned engravers J.S. and A.B. Wyon of London, England. Inspired by the rich medallic traditions of Europe and the still young United States, the ultra-high relief design features allegorical representations of Great Britain and the fledgling Dominion of Canada. Britannia, Great Britain’s timeless allegory, is peacefully seated and is 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 around the reverse reads JUVENTAS ET PATRIUS VIGOR, or YOUTH AND PATRIOTIC STRENGTH.
features an ultra high relief effigy of Queen Victoria as she appeared at the
time of Canadian confederation in 1867.
Incuse edge lettering shows the Canada 150 re-strike issue date of 2017, the silver fineness of .9999 and weight of 10 ounces.