This is a complete set of Proof-like quality Canadian coins that is 46 years old. These coins were struck for Canada's 100th year of Confederation and is presented in a mahogany finish case. All 6 coin denominations issued in 1967 are included (Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar and the Commemorative Silver Dollar). Since the coins are Proof-like quality, they are virtually flawless. They were specially produced by the Royal Canadian Mint for collectors and are a higher quality than regular uncirculated coins.
In celebration of Canada's 100th birthday, the mint held a competition for special centennial coin designs. (Much like what was done for the quarter designs for Canada's 125th birthday). After receiving many submissions from artists across Canada, the mint panel selected the wildlife designs of the New Brunswick artist and sculptor, Alex Colville.
Cent: Rock Dove (associated with spiritual values and peace)
Nickel: Rabbit (connected with fertility, new life and promise)
Dime: Mackerel (symbol of continuity)
Quarter: Bobcat (expressing independence and decisive action)
Half Dollar: Howling Wolf (symbolic of the vastness of Canada)
Silver Dollar: Canada Goose (serene and dynamic)
All of these coins are double dated 1867-1967 and will be a worthwhile addition to any collection. This set also represents the end of a long era of silver coinage in Canada. In 1967, the climbing price of silver approached the point where the silver value would exceed the face value of the coins. This was a major problem since the mint did not want to be minting coins at a loss, only to have the coins melted down by others for profit. In 1968, Canada introduced new nickel coinage, and 1967 was the end of the long tradition of all the coins from the dime to the dollar being produced in silver. (In early 1968, some dimes and quarters were issued with a reduced 50% silver content, then silver was completely eliminated).