Her Majesty Queen Victoria was instrumental in shaping Canada’s character and institutions, and the proof lies in the Canadian cities, streets and buildings that still bear her name today. They are a testament to the legacy of this long-reigning sovereign, whose May birthday continues to be a national holiday in Canada. This pure gold coin commemorates the bicentennial of the birth of Canada’s “Mother of Confederation,” Her Majesty Queen Victoria (1819-1901).
The reverse is a reproduction of a profile portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria (c. 1842-1850), courtesy of the National Library and Archives of Canada. The original artwork drawn by R. J. Lane, A.R.A., is framed by a decorative pattern, which is replicated here with the addition of several maple leaves. The reverse includes the double dates “1819 - 2019" to mark the bicentennial of the birth (May 24, 1819) of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.