Pure Gold Coin - 100th Anniversary of the First Canadian Gold Coins (2012)
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Pure Gold Coin - 100th Anniversary of the First Canadian Gold Coins (2012)

Mintage 200
$12,274.95 CAD


Obverse bears the effigy of King George V. This stunning 5-ounce pure gold coin features elements of the 1912 original design!

Coin design: The shield bearing the provincial arms of the four provinces forming the original Dominion of Canada: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. A double date (1912-2012) has been added to highlight its centennial year.

Coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.

The first Canadian gold coins.
Wampum, beaver pelts, British sovereigns, Spanish doubloons, French Louis d’or, American golden eagles: nineteenth-century commercial trade in the Dominion of Canada was a fascinating money mosaic. But as Canada evolved, so did the need for a standard national currency, and Confederation in 1867 hastened this need still further.

In 1912, the Mint produced the first distinctly Canadian gold coins in denominations of five and ten dollars. They featured the word “Canada,” leafy maple branches, and the shield from Canada’s Coat of Arms. The short-lived coins disappeared from circulation in 1914 when the First World War prompted citizens and banks to hold onto this precious metal.

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