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Fine Silver Coin – 140th Anniversary of the Library of Parliament – Mintage: 6,000 (2016)

Fine Silver Coin – 140th Anniversary of the Library of Parliament – Mintage: 6,000 (2016)

$159.95 CAD
Mintage: 6,000
Canada and US only
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A FIRST! Unique concave shaped coin delivers a breathtaking 360° viewing experience. Order today!

The Library of Parliament is one of Canada's greatest architectural treasures. It's the only remaining section of the original Centre Block that was destroyed by fire in 1916, and continues to hold visitors spellbound as they gaze up at its massive domed ceiling and elaborate woodwork. Now, this gem can be enjoyed simply by taking in the stunning 360° view served up by this unique concave shaped coin. It creates an astonishing sense of depth and dimension that is further enhanced by ultra high relief and an antique finish that gives each coin a one-of-a-kind historic appeal.

A one-of-a-kind gift that will be treasured by anyone with an appreciation for art! Order today!

Special features:
  • AN UNUSUAL SHAPE CREATES UNPARALLELED BEAUTY! Your coin's state-of-the-art concave shape—AN INCREDIBLE FIRST for the Royal Canadian Mint—provides the perfect canvas for recreating the Library of Parliament's breathtaking domed ceiling.
  • ANTIQUE FINISH! Features intricate, ultra high relief engraving in an antique finish: The exceptionally detailed engraving enhanced with this antique finish gives each coin its unique aspect.
  • IMMERSIVE, 360-DEGREE VIEWING EXPERIENCE! By positioning the room's centrepiece in the foreground, your perspective is that of standing in the room itself, at the base of the statue of
    Queen Victoria, looking up at the library's famous cupola overhead.
  • 99.99% PURE SILVER! Crafted from 99.99% pure silver with a limited mintage of just 6,000 coins worldwide.
  • Your coin features the engraved commemorative dates of "1876-2016".
  • AWE-INSPIRING DESIGN FOR A MAGNIFICENT BUILDING! Your coin commemorates an important event in Canadian history while celebrating the enduring legacy of one of Canada's most treasured architectural jewels.
  • Your coin is GST/HST exempt.

About the Design:

The reverse boasts an astonishing level of dimension and depth through the use of the coin's concave shape, which lends itself beautifully to recreating the Library of Parliament's lavish interior and domed ceiling. A unique viewing perspective from the base of the marble statue of Queen Victoria immerses the viewer in the artwork, conveying the reading room's soaring height and spaciousness while creating the impression that they are on-site, looking upward at the ceiling. The intricately carved pine bookshelves that encircle the reading room are replicated on the reverse along the rim, further contributing to the 360-degree viewing experience. Finally, the application of a timeless antique finish to the ultra high relief engraving showcases the meticulous precision and masterful artistry that makes this coin a numismatic masterpiece. Beneath the statue, a banner features the engraved commemorative dates "1876-2016".

Painstakingly struck with a greater curvature than any other concave coin, your coin's distinctive shape mimics that of the Library's famous cupola and allows for a unique dimensional feel to this engraved rendition. By presenting an upward view from the base of the marble statue of Queen Victoria, the design alters our spatial perception in a way that conveys the grandeur, beauty and spaciousness of the library's interior.

The extraordinary dome depicted on this coin earned the Library the distinction of being the first building in North America to feature an iron structure for this design element. Windows allow light to spill in and illuminate the intricate wooden floor below. Here, the ultra high relief engraving recreates the astonishing artistry of the architectural detailing, particularly the ornately carved wooden bookshelves that line the perimeter of the room, as depicted along the coin's rim.

Did you know...
  • The Library of Parliament can trace its origins back to the 1790s, when Upper and Lower Canada each had a legislative library; the two were amalgamated into one library when Upper and Lower Canada united in 1841 to form the Province of Canada.
  • Prior to 1857, the Province of Canada didn't have a permanent capital, so both its legislature and its library moved from Kingston to Montréal, then back and forth between Toronto and Québec, until Queen Victoria selected Ottawa as the capital.
  • Fire has been a threat throughout the Library's history: in 1849, an angry mob protesting the Rebellion Losses Bill set fire to the legislature in Montréal, destroying all but 200 of the
    12,000 books in the library; in 1952, another fire broke out, this time in the Library's cupola, causing extensive water and smoke damage to the building and its collection.
  • The Library underwent a major renovation between 2002 and 2006, taking great care to preserve its original style and the integrity of the structure while adding upgrades to facilitate its operations as a modern-day, working library.
  • Today, the Library houses over 1 million books and documents—or the equivalent of 17 linear kilometres of materials!
  • As further proof of the building's historic and cultural importance, take a look at one of Canada's $10 polymer bank notes—chances are, you carry an image of the Library of Parliament with you every day!


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.149592
  • Mintage6,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 30.75
  • Diameter (mm) 36.07
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value25 dollars
  • ArtistSusanna Blunt (obverse)

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