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Gold $200 kicks off Canada’s 150th

A gold proof coin marking Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 has a reverse design similar to that of the nation’s first circulation coinage. (Image courtesy Royal Canadian Mint.)

A gold proof coin marking Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 has a reverse design similar to that of the nation’s first circulation coinage.
(Image courtesy Royal Canadian Mint.)

Next year Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. The first celebratory coin is now out: a 30 mm, 31.6 gram .9999 fine gold $200 proof.

The reverse pays homage to a design thatgraced Canada’s first circulation coins. Check out KM-2 to KM-6.

Two maple leaf boughs, bound by a ribbon at their base, curve gently upwards along the coin’s perimeter. Twenty-one maple leaves lead up to St. Edward’s crown. The legend reads simply: “200 DOLLARS / CANADA / 1867 • 2017.” The font and layout closely resemble those first Confederation-era coin designs.

The coin is being marketed as “150 Years of Passion.” Mintage is just 250.

No doubt we can expect many more sesquicentenary issues in the coming months.

 

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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More Collecting Resources

• Keep up to date on prices for Canada, United States and Mexico coinage with the 2016 North American Coins & Prices guide.

• Check out the newly-updated Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date that provides accurate identification, listing and pricing information for the latest coin releases.

 

 

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