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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.
1927 Diamond Jubilee Medal
Canada 150 Limited Restrike
As Canada reached its milestone 60th Anniversary of Confederation, the precedent first set in 1867 was continued 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 restrike 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.
Diamond Jubilee Design:
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 was used 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.
Incuse edge lettering shows the Canada 150 re-strike issue date of 2017, the silver fineness of .9999 and weight of 10 ounces.
Canada in 1927
Set against the backdrop of new found peace, prosperity and growth through the roaring 1920s, the 60th Anniversary of Confederation was cause for great celebration across the Dominion of Canada. In its first 60 years, the Dominion had quickly grown from four founding provinces to a vast country of nine provinces and two territories spanning from sea to sea. The National Railway envisioned by Sir John A. MacDonald was now a reality, and Canada was rapidly gaining its own distinct identity and national pride. While about 3.5 million Canadians celebrated the birth of the country in 1867, the population had grown to over 9.5 million in just 60 years. The celebration of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee not only reflected the growing patriotism of the day, but also contributed to the development of Canada’s unique and distinctive personality as a nation.