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1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Canadian Honours Collection: 50th Anniversary of the Order of Canada - Mintage: 5,500 (2017)

1 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Canadian Honours Collection: 50th Anniversary of the Order of Canada - Mintage: 5,500 (2017)

$109.95 CAD
Mintage: 5,500
Canada and US only

50 years of honouring Canada's very best. Order today.

Since 1967, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been recognized for their unique contributions that have made Canada a nation of service, innovation and excellence. These distinguished citizens are the members of one of Canada's most prestigious fellowships, the Order of Canada, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

By virtue of their membership and rank, each has the right to wear an exclusive insignia that is recreated on the coin's design. It's a prestigious emblem that represents Canada at its very best—a nation's badge of honour for outstanding achievement, dedication and merit, as reflected in the Order's motto: Desiderantes meliorem patriam ("They desire a better country").

About The Order of Canada Medal:

Prior to 1967, Canada did not have an honours system of its own. Deserving Canadians were typically recognized with British honours, with the exception of a select few Canadian medals. The idea of home-grown honours was periodically raised then revisited throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century; but in 1966, the idea came to fruition when the concept was championed by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to coincide with Canada's centennial celebrations.

Created in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada represented a defining first for a nation that had come into its own. Two ranks—the Companion and the Medal of Service—were initially created to recognize Canadians for their service to Canada or to humanity at large. In 1972, the Order was expanded into the three-tiered structure in place today: Members(C.M.) are recognized for contributions to a particular community, group, or field of activity; Officers (O.C.) are appointed on the basis of highly meritorious service at a national or international level; and Companions (C.C.) have demonstrated outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree through outstanding contributions to their country or humankind.

The cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System celebrates its 50th anniversary. Order today.

Special features:
  • A TRIBUTE TO THE RECIPIENTS: Your coin is a tribute to the recipients who have received the Order of Canada during its first 50 years and to their individual contributions to the fabric of our nation, as it proudly celebrates its 150th anniversary.
  • FEATURES THE ENGRAVED DATES "1967-2017": The double dates of "1967-2017" are included to represent the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada.
  • EXCEPTIONAL SERIES, EXCEPTIONAL CANADIANS: This is the third coin in a 4-coin series that explores the highest honours in Canada's Honours System. Subscribe today to receive all four coins.
  • FAITHFUL RECREATION: This is the first time the revered Companion of the Order of Canada insignia has ever been replicated on a coin, and it has been faithfully based on technical drawings by the Principle Artist of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, Cathy Bursey-Sabourin.
  • LOW MINTAGE: Your coin has a low limited worldwide mintage of 5,500.
  • 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.
  • 99.99% PURE SILVER! Your coin has no GST/HST.


Your coin presents a faithful recreation of the Companion of the Order of Canada insignia, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of one of Canada's highest honours. Designed in 1966 by Bruce W. Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D., the insignia of the Order of Canada is shaped in a stylized, hexagonal snowflake that is a fitting symbol for Canada's northern climate; it is also strongly symbolic, since every snowflake is as unique as each recipient's contribution to their country. Here, the coin's reverse recreates the six symmetrical points that lead to an annulus at the centre, where a red-coloured maple leaf indicates the Companion rank. The Order's motto, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM ("They desire a better country"), is circumscribed around Canada's beloved national symbol, which is surmounted by the Royal Crown. Like the prestigious insignia itself, the coin is struck in fine silver; the application of colour on this numismatic piece also mimics the complex and colourful enamelling of the iconic insignia that symbolizes Canada at its best. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know...
  • Her Majesty The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and the Governor General is the chancellor and principal companion of the Order. The Governor General presents the insignia of the Order to its members at investiture ceremonies three or four times each year.
  • In 1867, the first Governor General of Canada, the Viscount Monck, introduced the idea of a Canadian honours system by proposing an order of knighthood called the Order of St. Lawrence.
  • The very first recipient, a Companion (C.C.), was invested into the Order of Canada on July 1, 1967—exactly 100 years after Confederation.
  • Any Canadian can nominate an individual for appointment to the Order, but no posthumous appointments are permitted. The nominations are reviewed by the Chancellery of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, and then presented to the Advisory Council of the Order, which recommends new appointments to the Governor General.
  • Although there are limits to the number of appointments made each year, there is no limit to how many Canadians can hold the distinction of being Members or Officers. The Companion rank, however, is limited to just 165 individuals at any given time.
  • "The design of the insignia is a stylized, hexagonal snowflake that is a fitting symbol for Canada's northern climate; it is also strongly symbolic, since every snowflake is as unique as each recipient's contribution to their country."


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

Order today.


I would buy this product again.


Part of my collection.


Calgary, AB


a beautiful product


Coin was as described on the web site.




Another beautiful coin from this set. Great job!


I was having difficulty deciding if I wanted to start this set. I then saw the first two at the Mint in Winnipeg. Realized they were very nice looking coins with an excellent finish and brightness to them. Decided then to finish it off. Very nice coins and a great way to recognize these medals given to those who deserved them. Would recommend this collection to anyone looking for quality and Canadian heritage.


Thunder Bay, Canada


I would buy this product again


Add to my collection


West Des Moines, IA


poor quality....returned it 2 times...hoping the 3rd time is


poor quality control on this one....each coin has had chips out of the finish, not proof quality for sure...


Calgary AB


Excellent Coin


My own collection.


Dorval Qc


Great Coin number 3. Can't wait for the 4th and final one.


RCM. This series is a home run


Fredericton NB.


No Such Thing as Too much Honor


Is it possible for too much honor to be paid to outstanding Canadiana? I think not; after all, we pay tribute to animals and plants, why not our citizens who have given so much, sometimes all, for our country? RCM has done to leave well enough alone by simply duplicating the elegant design of the medal itself on the reverse of this beautiful coin. A remarkable tribute at a remarkable time. A reminder to us all that it's good to be a Canada.


Austin, Texas


Very attractive coin.


It's a coin that is classy and honors men and women who fight to keep us free. Also it's a coin that honors those who have fallen defending our freedom. Although there is no gift that replaces their efforts.


Mtl. Que.


Simply stunning


I think this coin will add great value to the collection of four. Knowing it's history and being part of the other distinguished medals, make this a great set to be proud of.





4.5 13


Is the 40mm includes the Capsule?


Hello Frank and thank you for asking.Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.


How many coins are in this Canadian Honors Collection?


Hi Nooguy, There are four coins in this collection. Here's the link to the product page;



  • No.157647
  • Mintage5,500
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 31.83
  • Diameter (mm) 40
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value20 dollars
  • ArtistSusanna Blunt (obverse)

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