Since its discovery 100 years ago by Canadian surgeon Frederick Banting and his assistant Charles Best, insulin has saved millions of lives worldwide. This $200 coin celebrates the ingenuity and perseverance that brought about one of the most significant medical and scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century. Sharing design elements with the new commemorative $2 coin, this premium collectible is struck in one ounce of .9999 fine gold with an extremely low mintage of just 450 coins. HST/GST exempt.
Designed by Canadian artist Jesse Koreck, the coin’s reverse is double dated (“1921 2021”) to commemorate the 100 th anniversary of a Canadian medical innovation. The discovery of insulin at a University of Toronto laboratory is represented by a maple leaf and traditional symbols: an early insulin vial, an Erlenmeyer flask, a mortar and pestle. Insulin is depicted both in the bloodstream and in monomeric form. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Did you know that the discovery of insulin at a University of Toronto laboratory remains one of the most significant advances in modern medicine, and it provided a big boost to medical research in Canada. More than 463 million people worldwide are currently living with diabetes, including 11.5 million Canadians who are currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Before the discovery of insulin, diabetes mellitus would have been fatal; today, better health outcomes and a much longer life expectancy can be achieved through treatments like insulin.