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Artistry is a part of our history. Capturing the most significant details of one’s past, of one’s character, leaves a cultural impression that will remind future generations of their roots. This exquisite 5 kg fine silver coin is a celebration of Canadian workmanship, mastery and artistry on the grandest scale — in fact, it is one of our most complex designs yet. Ornamental flourishes add a sense of timelessness to this snapshot of Canadian Confederation. Backed by a textured field, our nation’s most stately symbol occupies the place of honour at the centre, where it is surrounded by 13 provincial and territorial shields and 13 official floral emblems that speak to our diversity.
The reverse design is a symbolic celebration of Canada through its many heraldic and floral emblems. The Canada Coat of Arms appears at the centre, where it is framed by classic scrollwork and topped by the maple leaves of Canada. An ornamental vine forms a wreath behind the 13 provincial and territorial coats of arms. Each shield is paired with the province/territory’s official floral emblem (clockwise from the top): the trillium (Ontario); blue flag (Quebec); mayflower (Nova Scotia); purple violet (New Brunswick); prairie crocus (Manitoba); Pacific dogwood (British Columbia); lady’s slipper (Prince Edward Island); western red lily (Saskatchewan); wild rose (Alberta); pitcher plant (Newfoundland and Labrador); mountain avens (Northwest Territories); fireweed (Yukon); and purple saxifrage (Nunavut). Both the reverse and obverse feature a wood grain-like textured field. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.