They are synonymous, inseparable, forever united—two icons that are deeply woven into the fabric of
our nation. The inspiring words of O Canada and the familiar sight of Canada’s national flag are
inextricably linked on this fine silver coin, whose text-based design was made possible by the use of
Words become art on the reverse by Tony Bianco, where a luminous proof finish highlights the engraved
outline of Canada’s national flag as it flaps in the breeze. Upon closer inspection, the iconic red bands
and 11-point maple leaf are shaped by the English and French lyrics to O Canada; this colourful, textbased
rendering was made possible by the use of coloured micro-sized letters, which ensures every
letter is defined in spite of its diminutive size.
Two of Canada’s most
powerful expressions of national identity and pride
become one on the reverse, where the flag illustrates
the anthem and the anthem illustrates the flag.