Fine Gold Kilo Coin – Towards Confederation (2008)
Voted "Most Inspirational Coin" at Krause Publications' annual Coin of the Year Awards
Canada’s historic foundation and a historic mintage! Never before has the Royal Canadian Mint issued coins containing one kilogram (2.2 lb) of 99.99% pure gold—a historic weight and incredibly low worldwide mintage of 20 coins!
Along with the Fine Silver Kilo Coin, these unprecedented coins feature two designs that portray the story of Early Canada (2007) and Towards Confederation (2008), each masterpiece executed in both of these fine metals.
Only an incredible 20 Fine Gold Kilo coins were available worldwide and in January 2010, it was announced as the winner in the “Most Inspirational Coin” category at Krause Publications’ annual Coin of the Year Awards.
The story behind the design of this masterpiece The design flows from east to west beginning in 1534, symbolized by a portrait of Jacques Cartier and a cross, claiming the land for France. Just below the portrait is an astrolabe representing explorer Samuel de Champlain. A rendition of the tall ship represents the British influence and the continuing French-English presence. This leads the eye to the centre of the design, which features Lower Fort Garry and the Red River Cart – a means of transportation over land and water. We see the Métis flag featuring the infinity symbol representing the coming together of the two distinct cultures: European and Native.
To the lower left of the design are the Voyageurs travelling by canoe over the rapids, representing the development of the fur trade in Canada. Another major Canadian industry is represented by the salmon swimming upstream. Above the Voyageurs are images of David Thompson and Alexander MacKenzie representing the exploration and mapping of Canada to the Pacific coast. Beside MacKenzie is an image of Fort Langley, representing the west coast and trading posts, while above him is an image of the logging industry which used the river system for transportation.
The design comes full circle with the image of Province House in Prince Edward Island where the Fathers of Confederation met in 1867.
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