Scarce, popular, beautiful, and visually impressive in the big five ounce 65 mm format, every denomination in every year of issue since Big Coins was introduced in 2015 has sold out immediately from the mint and appreciated in value in the secondary market. While each year of issue for Big Coins remains highly collectible, the 2017 Big Coins series has the added significance of celebrating ‘Canada 150’ with the iconic designs created by Alex Colville in 1967 for Canada’s centennial celebration.
The design for the ten cents denomination presents a mackerel fish as a symbol of continuity. While the original 1967 version was struck in about two grams of .800 or .500 silver, this new 2017 version has grown to a 65 mm diameter with a weight of more than five ounces (157.6 grams) of pure silver. The finish on the Big Coin is the finest quality double struck proof, and the mackerel has been enhanced with a layer of 24 karat gold, creating a spectacular work of numismatic art. Even the obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth is special, featuring the effigy in use in 1967 with selective gold plating on the Queen’s gown.
Mintage of this coin is limited to just 2,150. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this coin is HST/GST exempt.