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One Kilogram Pure Silver Coin - A Tribute to the First Canadian Gold Coin - Mintage: 500 (2017)

One Kilogram Pure Silver Coin - A Tribute to the First Canadian Gold Coin - Mintage: 500 (2017)

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A MINT MILESTONE! An extraordinary Canada 150 commemorative coin! Order today!

Struck in March 1912, the first Canadian gold coin is a proud reminder of the Royal Canadian Mint's beginnings. Its reverse design, at once elegant and meaningful, provides an extraordinary window to a bygone era, when the evolution of Canada's institutions and emblems reflected a young nation's coming of age.

As Canadians celebrate our 150-year journey since Confederation, the Royal Canadian Mint looks back at a special milestone that is rooted in history—ours, and Canada's. This superb keepsake re-creates the first Canadian gold coin in one kilogram of 99.99% pure silver, with selective gold plating that adds an exquisite touch of the original coin's beautiful, golden hue.

A gorgeous addition to your Canada 150 coin display! Don't be disappointed, order today!

Special features:
  • A MINT MILESTONE! An extraordinary commemoration of the first Canadian gold coin—this time, in an impressive 1 kg of 99.99% pure silver that makes this coin almost five times larger than the original.
  • LUXURIOUSLY ENHANCED! Struck up to four times to ensure a crisp impression, the precision-engraved Coat of Arms (as it appeared in 1912) is beautifully enhanced with selective gold plating, a fitting ode to a gold chapter in our early history!
  • GOLD RIM! In addition, the rim and effigy on the obverse of your coin are also gold plated!
  • A CANADA 150 SPECIAL EDITION! Your coin is one of the few premium products in our Canada 150 program!
  • OFFICIAL CANADA 150 LOGO PRIVY MARK! Your unforgettable silver kilo includes the official Canada 150 logo as a privy mark—a symbolic element to bridge past and present.
  • LIMITED AVAILABILITY! With a mintage of just 500 coins worldwide, this coin is a prestigious collecting opportunity that carries all the weight of history, but with the refined artistry and precision of modern craftsmanship.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. Most of these are serialized certifications, meaning that each certificate is given a unique number, starting at 1.
  • ONE KILOGRAM PURE SILVER! Your coin is crafted from one kilogram of pure (99.99%) silver!


Your coin features a near-faithful reproduction of W. H. J. Blackmore's design for the first Canadian gold coin. The focal point is the Canadian coat of arms, as it appeared before 1921: a quartered shield composed of the provincial arms of the Dominion of Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). Beautifully framed by a wreath of maple boughs, the coat of arms is resplendent in selective gold plating that mimics the original coin's golden appearance. The luxurious plating also extends to the rim, as well as the raised beaded circle that frames each side of the coin. The reverse features the word "CANADA" above the coat of arms, while the year "2017" and the face value "250 DOLLARS" are engraved beneath it. The obverse features the official Canada 150 privy mark beneath the gold-plated effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know…
  • The idea of a Canadian gold coin took root as early as the mid-19th century, when Canada joined the international gold standard.
  • The Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) resulted in increased awareness of Canada's mineral wealth. After lengthy negotiations, the Ottawa Mint Act was passed in 1901, allowing for a branch of the British Royal Mint to be established in Canada; the Ottawa branch of the British Royal Mint officially opened in 1908.
  • The first gold coin was struck in March 1912. By August 1914, key changes to Canada's financial system had effectively suspended the gold standard, and in 1915, the Canadian gold coin program was cancelled.
  • Many of the coins issued between 1912 and 1914 became part of the Dominion Government's gold reserves. In March 1935, the newly formed Bank of Canada began collecting them in its vault, where many remained for over 75 years—until 2012, when some of these first gold coins were released back to the Royal Canadian Mint, and were made available to collectors.


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

Order today!

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  • No.162556
  • Mintage500
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 1,000
  • Diameter (mm) 102.1
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value250 dollars
  • ArtistW. H. J. Blackmore (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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