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1 Kilogram Pure Silver Coin - Archival Treasures: 1912 Heraldic Design - Mintage: 500 (2021)

1 Kilogram Pure Silver Coin - Archival Treasures: 1912 Heraldic Design - Mintage: 500 (2021)

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From the archives: A heraldic "snapshot" of a time before Canada came of age — order today!

It was 100 years ago that a new, distinctive coat of arms was created for Canada. But before that, a dizzying array of heraldic art celebrated and represented a young nation that had yet to come into its own. One of those concepts has been plucked from the national archives and brought to life on this fine silver kilo coin. Its design is based on a 1912 drawing of Canadian heraldic emblems. And while the historic style itself is captivating, it's what's missing from the composition that provides rare insight into Canada's heraldic past.

It's an unforgettable mix of history, heraldry and art as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Arms of Canada. Order today!

Special features:
  • FROM THE ARCHIVES! In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Arms of Canada (1921-2021), we dug deep into Canada's heraldic past and Library and Archives Canada's collection to bring you a heraldic art treasure.
  • BASED ON HISTORIC ART! A fine silver follow-up to the 2020 Reimagined 1905 Arms of Dominion of Canada coin, this limited-edition piece is based on a pen-and-ink drawing from 1912. Every element has deeper meaning—especially the floral flourishes, which combine several national emblems.
  • BIG ON HISTORIC DETAILS! We pored over every detail of the original drawing to get it right! The result is an engraved work of art that will appeal to traditionalists and history enthusiasts.
  • A PURE SILVER KILO! Your coin is beautifully crafted in one kilogram of 99.99% pure silver and hand-polished to proof perfection!
  • A CENTENNIAL PROGRAM! Part of a yearlong 100th anniversary celebration of the Arms of Canada.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.

The reverse features an engraved rendering of a heraldic art concept that pre-dates the Arms of Canada proclaimed in 1921. Based on the pen-and-ink drawing by Joseph Aubé, the design centres on the quartered shield emblem of the Dominion of Canada and features a circular arrangement of the nine provincial coats of arms in use in 1912: (clockwise from the top) Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Quebec. The composition is surmounted by a stylized royal crown and surrounded by symbols of Canada, France and the United Kingdom, as well as a banner scroll that seemingly continues on the obverse. A garland of emblems also appears on the obverse, which features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know?
If this 1912 design looks incomplete by today's standards, it's because a few familiar emblems are missing: Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949; the coats of arms of Yukon and Northwest Territories were approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1956; and Nunavut's coat of arms was granted in 1999, the year it became Canada's newest territory. In the original drawing and on this coin, Nova Scotia is represented by the arms granted to the province after Confederation. The 1868 shield featured a salmon on a blue band between three thistles on a gold field, but this new armorial emblem wasn't popular; in 1929, it was replaced by the original arms granted in 1625.

A chaotic heraldic era: 1867-1921
After Confederation, Canada experienced a period of expansion that is reflected in the wildly different heraldic designs of the era. The four-province shield assigned to the Dominion of Canada in 1868 for use as the Great Seal was a popular starting point for artists and amateur heralds: some surrounded it with Canadian art elements; others augmented it with the emblems of each new province and territory, resulting in a chaotic shield with up to nine quarterings. The different iterations appeared on documents, postcards, dishes and other memorabilia, and it was this lack of consensus that inspired the formation of a committee in 1919 to obtain new armorial bearings.

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

Order today!

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1941-35-1



  • No.179891
  • Mintage500
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 1,006
  • Diameter (mm) 102.1
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value250 dollars
  • ArtistJoseph Aubé (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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