This year’s seven-piece proof set features a selectively gold-plated version of the 2021 Bluenose Proof Dollar, and it’s only available as part of the set. Gold plating adds a beautiful gleam to the legendary schooner and the effigy of King George V. It also includes a special issue 1921-2021 double dated Bluenose dime.William James Roué Signature © jeroué. Used with permission.
Since 1971, the highest quality coins of the year have been presented for collectors by the Royal Canadian Mint in an annual presentation bound in a leather case. In recent years, the most exclusive version of the annual set has included all coins struck in pure silver, with selective gold highlighting on the most important coins. This 2021 limited edition proof set continues the tradition presenting the highest quality coins of each denomination issued in pure silver, plus a special issue commemorative silver dollar. Denominations include 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, a loon style dollar, a large format silver dollar and a 2 dollar coin.
The commemorative theme for 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Bluenose Schooner, which is prominently featured on the large silver dollar coin and on the double date on the Bluenose dime. The obverse of the large silver dollar features the effigy of King George V who was the monarch when the Bluenose was launched in 1921. The dime features the effigy of King George VI who was the monarch when the Bluenose design dime was introduced for circulation in 1937. The three highest denomination coins are further enhanced with a selective overlay of 24 karat gold. Mintage is limited to just 20,000. GST/HST exempt.
About the Bluenose Schooner featured on the Silver Dollar
The design takes us back in time to the birth of a Canadian icon, as William J. Roué puts the finishing touches on what would be his greatest legacy. Using the original hull profile blueprint, the Royal Canadian Mint has created a mirror image that aligns with the portrait of Bluenose under full sail.
The story behind the Bluenose can be traced back to 1919, when the hearty fishermen of the Canadian Maritimes scoffed at the America’s Cup race being cancelled because of “strong winds”. While the America’s cup was a race of “recreational yachts”, the fishermen sought to establish their own contest. In 1920, the International Fishermen’s Trophy was established as a prize for “the fastest ship in the North Atlantic fishing fleet”, with a requirement that any ship entered had to be a true working fishing vessel.
Canada faced a great challenge with this new race, as the American fishing vessels were usually smaller and faster. In 1920, the inaugural race was won by a ship from Gloucester, Massachusetts, and the Canadians vowed to defeat their rivals the following year. It was this challenge that inspired Halifax businessmen and Captain Angus Walters to commission W.J. Roué to design a sleek new ship that could beat the New England rivals.
The new Bluenose schooner was completed in early 1921 and was designed both as a working fishing vessel and a racing craft. With Angus Walters at the helm, the Bluenose triumphed in its first race, and the ship remained undefeated through an 18 year career.
‘Bluenose’ is an official mark adopted and used by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage pursuant to the Trade-marks Act (Canada). It is used by the Royal Canadian Mint with the Department’s permission.
Blueprints of 1921 BLUENOSE © jeroué. Used with permission.