This 2017 $20 pure silver coin is the final of a three coin series, and showcases the GE ES44AC locomotive. This coin features selective gold plating that shines the spotlight on the locomotive, while the gold-plated rim and effigy on the obverse ensure an elegance that makes this a truly exceptional keepsake. The coin showcases the fuel-efficient General Electric ES44AC, a low-emission engine that is a product of its time, and a reflection of the changing face of Canada’s railways since 1867. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, it is HST/GST exempt.
The reverse design by Canadian artist John Mantha features selective gold plating that shines the spotlight on the General Electric ES44AC locomotive. The background features an outstanding amount of engraved detail that captures the majesty of Canada’s diverse landscape: from the far-off mountain peak to the different textures of the surrounding vegetation, down to the gravel along the railroad ties. The shine of the coin’s silver surface also lends itself well to evoking the brightness of a summer day—in the sky, and on the surface of the winding river beneath it. Rounding the curves in the track, the gold-plated ES44AC locomotive is positioned in a way that allows for an ideal view of its front and side. The remarkable power of this fuel-efficient locomotive is evident in an almost endless line of railcars that stretch out behind it.