It is the foremost flag of the Crown in Canada, and the personal banner of our Head of State. This fine silver tribute piece marks the first appearance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Personal Canadian Flag on a coin—a flag-shaped coin, no less. All heraldic elements have been preserved but redrawn to add movement to the Canada-specific Royal flag, while vivid
colours hint at a shining pride.
The reverse image by Cathy Bursey-Sabourin features a coloured rendering of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Personal Canadian Flag. It is depicted in motion, with slightly lighter colours to simulate the effect of sunlight shining through the flag material. The Royal flag consists of the escutcheon of the Arms of Canada in banner form, surmounted by Her Majesty’s device: a blue roundel with the letter “E” surmounted by the Royal Crown and framed by a gold wreath of Tudor roses. Along with a decorative scroll, the lion and unicorn supporters of the Arms are inspired by the stone-carved façade of Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, and the bronze door plates that adorn The Queen’s Entrance at the official residence of the Governor General of Canada. The obverse features a concentric pattern of maple leaves and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.