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1 oz. Fine Silver Coin –
Sir George-Étienne Cartier – Mintage: 8,500 (2015)

1 oz. Fine Silver Coin –
Sir George-Étienne Cartier – Mintage: 8,500 (2015)

$89.95 CAD
Mintage: 8,500
Canada and US only
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Perfect for someone who loves Canadian history!

The year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. As we approach this momentous sesquicentennial, the Royal Canadian Mint is launching a coin featuring Sir George-Étienne Cartier, one of the Fathers of Confederation.

A beautiful addition for someone you know who enjoys history, historical figures, Canadian politics and political history. Order yours today!

Special features:

•   This proof-quality coin celebrates Sir George-Étienne Cartier, one of Canada's most important architects of Canadian Confederation.
•   Featuring a striking portrait of George-Étienne Cartier, among the key Fathers of Confederation, surrounded by a beautiful corona of maple leaves, symbolically representing the nation he helped to create.
•   Crafted 99.99% pure silver, your coin is also GST/HST exempt.
•   Mintage is limited to 8,500 worldwide.

Coin design:
Designed by Canadian artist William Lazos, your coin features a portrait of George-Étienne Cartier. Inset in the centre of the reverse within a circular engraved frame, George-Étienne Cartier is presented directly facing the viewer, gazing stoically toward the left of the image. The beautifully rendered portrait is engraved in exquisite detail, bringing life to the gaze of this powerful figure in Canadian political history. In the background behind him we see part of the façade of Province House in Charlottetown, in which the 1864 Charlottetown Conference took place. The image of this structure is inspired by nineteenth century engravings. The engraved circle framing this inner portrait is finely decorated with stylized maple leaves of varying sizes flanking its left and right sides.

About George-Étienne Cartier:
French-Canadian lawyer George-Étienne Cartier was one of the most important political figures of Confederation and a key influencer of French-Canadian support for Canadian union.

Following the Upper and Lower Canada Rebellions of 1837 and 1838, Britain adopted the Act of Union, which united the two regions of the British North American colony into a single province. But ongoing ideological and cultural differences in the fledgling Province of Canada brought instability. The profound challenges of governing in this difficult environment led a number of influential politicians to try to find the consensus necessary to render British North America tenable, allow it to share internal industry and resources, and address the ever-present threat of American invasion. Many representatives of this coalition, known as the Great Coalition of 1864, would soon participate in the Charlottetown Conference, setting Confederation in motion.

•   Cartier played the leading role in 1866 in introducing, the Civil Code in what is now Quebec–a Code which continues to define that province's distinct legal system.
•   One of Cartier's lasting legacies is his famous song Ô Canada, mon pays! mes amours!
•   In 1867, Cartier was made a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
•   In 1868, Cartier was made a baronet by Queen Victoria for his role in Canadian Confederation.
•   Cartier was an important supporter of Ottawa as Canada's National Capital.

Having entered political office in 1848 as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Union parliament and later Canada East provincial secretary, George-Étienne Cartier co-premiered the Province of Canada with John A. Macdonald from 1857-58 and 1858-62. Cartier was an early and ardent supporter of the notion of Canadian Confederation. Along with John A. Macdonald, he became one of the key figures to lead the colonies' definition of the terms of union.

With Confederation in 1867, Cartier joined John A. Macdonald's government as Canada's first Minister of Militia and Defence. In the decade that followed, he played a key role in bringing western Canada into Confederation, drafting both the Manitoba Act and British Columbia Act. He was also pivotal in laying the legislative framework for the Canadian Pacific Railway, which would be a major force in uniting Canada from sea to sea.


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order your coin today!

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  • No.142691
  • Mintage8,500
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 31.39
  • Diameter (mm) 38
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value20 dollars
  • ArtistWilliam Lazos (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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