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

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!




Not to outdone by the United States Mint and their concave baseball coin series, the Canadian Mint now has it's own coin to wow collectors and historians alike. The detail is astonishing and with a very limited mintage of just 6000 pieces this coin makes a brilliant addition to collections worldwide.


sunny state of mind


Unique, well executed design


The RCM has struck a very unique coin that captures the beauty of the Parliamentary Library in 360-degree detail with a concave shape. The antique finish complements the dark wood ceiling of the Library while better displaying its full detail than had a bright finish been used. This coin is a great companion to the 2016 Parliamentary Fire coin, and will have a special place in my collection, having seen the Library several times.


Huntington Beach, CA


Good design, very poor customer services in RCM!


Very poor customer service! Hold the line for more than 1 hour but still no one entertain the customer. Left the phone number, never make any return call. Strongly disappointed, NEVER CARE ABOUT THE FEELING OF CUSTOMER!!!!






First concave coin struck in RCM history. RARE!!! Unique shape prevents fitting in RCM collector case. Bright silver finish would had more appeal.

Prospector Bob

Winnipeg, MB


Extremely unique


This coin is really only for the dedicated collector


Edmonton, Alberta


A Real Winner


I love Canadian History and being able to share it with others. This coin is a wonderful, unique, even exotic addition to my collection and story-telling about Canada. Well done, Royal Canadian Mint!

Kerri Kollector



Great application of depth & detail in this coin!


Enjoy the physical three dimensional depth and detail of this concave coin which is enhanced by the statue of Queen Victoria. Looking forward to more innovative coins from the Mint. The subject was well chosen for this unique coin


Ancaster Ontario


Concave Antique First


beautiful coin


Rome, NY


Incredible Treasure


This incredible first for the RCM is a work of art, just spectacular and real piece of Canadian history, wow!


Edmonton, AB


Really one of a kind.


A very unique coin commemorating one of Canada's special location. These are the coins I like.


Kanata, ON


Fine Silver Coin – 140th Anniversary of the Library of Parliament – Mintage: 6000 (2016)

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How do I order this, there does not seem to be an order button on the web site. Thanks Steve Adams


Sorry Steve, but this coin is sold out.


How do I go about getting one of these coins . I live in Elliot Lake ,no place to shop here.


Hi Rene, sorry you are having trouble finding this coin. We no longer have any stock you might try an online dealer:


Fine Silver Coin - 140th Anniversary of the Library of Parliament - Mintage: 6,000 Is this coin encapsulated in plastic protector?


Yes, the coin is encapsulated in a plastic protector.


In the RCM booklet that is sent in the mail the weight of the coin is listed at 23.17g. The weight on the website is listed at 30.75, which is correct?


Hi Andrew ... We apologize - the catalogue was published with the wrong weight. The website is correct; it is 30.75 grams. Sorry for the confusion and inconvenience. Thank you for your interest!

Is this coin encapsulated in plastic or without encapsulation and just laying in the presentation box?


The coin is encapsulated in a plastic capsule which then sits inside the case.


The brochure that I received in the mail states that this coin is 23.17g, but the website says 30.75g. Which is correct?


Hi Dominic ... We apologize - the catalogue was published with the wrong weight. The website is correct; it is 30.75 grams. Sorry for the confusion and inconvenience. Thank you for your interest!


  • 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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