This ‘Canada 150’ Commemorative $100, TEN OUNCE coin combines important Canadian history, spectacular high relief art, a double effigy of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, with an extremely low mintage of just 1,000 coins.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Rebecca Yanovskaya is both classic and at the same time modern. Centering on an allegorical personification of Canada, the elements represent our story as a nation including historic, geographic, social and political aspects. In the foreground, Canada rises up strong, majestic and bold; she bears a youthful appearance, given Canada’s status as a relatively young nation. Canada is the picture of grace and a vision of strength in her protective armour; and yet she carries no weapon—a symbolic representation of our efforts to bring peace throughout the world. Facing out as though looking to the future, Canada’s gaze is calm and steady while her arms are open wide, ready to embrace what challenges and triumphs lie ahead. In one hand is a symbolic representation of the British North America Act, which represents the birth of the Dominion of Canada 150 years ago; in the other hand is a single feather that pays tribute to those who helped forge our nation’s path: the First Nations peoples and the Fathers of Confederation. A fur cape is a further reminder of First Nations traditions, as well as the importance of the fur trade in Canada’s early history. In the background, Mount Logan (Canada’s tallest peak) represents the diversity of the land, and alludes to the ability of Canadians to “rise” to the challenges of the past, present and future.
The Latin banner across the bottom reads “HISTORIA TUA EPOS EST”, which translates to “Your history is an epic”, a line which also appears in the French version of O Canada. Through the first 150 years, Canada has seen prosperity and hard times, peace and turmoil, tragedy and triumph. But most of all, at its 150th anniversary of Confederation Canada is seen as a mature but still youthful nation with a strong patriotic identity.
The obverse design for this medal is the same shared obverse for all three medals in the series, featuring a double effigy of Queen Victoria (the monarch at the time of confederation in 1867) and Queen Elizabeth II (the monarch at the time of Canada 150).