The ornate scrollwork of a Victorian gate is a lasting work of fine art, even as it marks where one
world ends and another begins. Stretching across this fine silver coin, the white bronze gate bears
more than just a passing resemblance to the main gates of the Halifax Public Gardens, whose flower
beds and bandstand are the epitome of Victorian-era elegance on the reverse.
Designed by Canadian artist Margaret Best, the reverse features a world of carefully cultivated
beauty beyond the gate that stretches from rim to rim. This ornamental gate closely resembles the
main gates of the Halifax Public Gardens, whose ornate scrollwork has been carefully adapted to
retain its century-old aesthetic on a smaller scale, without sacrificing the element’s durability. Paint
gives the metalwork an appropriately weathered look; behind it, a full colour image invites the viewer
to let their eyes and imagination wander towards the colourful flowerbeds, shrubs and trees, or the
often-photographed bandstand that is at the very heart of this National Historic Site of Canada. The
obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
A WORLD OF BEAUTY: Celebrate the beauty of Canada’s
gardens! This dimensional design combines two of the most
well known (and beloved) features of the Halifax Public
Gardens: its main gate, and the bandstand that is at the
centre of this public space.