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2 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Halifax Public Gardens - Mintage: 5,500 (2018)

2 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Halifax Public Gardens - Mintage: 5,500 (2018)

$239.95 CAD
Mintage: 5,500
Ships Aug-07-2020
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SECOND COIN IN SERIES! A filigree gate fashioned from white bronze! Order today!

Marked by curving pathways and flowerbeds filled with colourful favourites, the magnificent Halifax Public Gardens holds the distinction of being one of the few surviving Victorian gardens in Canada. Its main gates inspired the white bronze gate on the coin, where the same elaborate scrollwork sets a beautiful boundary between our world and the depiction of the bandstand that is at the heart of this Haligonian oasis.

A true must-have for gardeners, nature lovers, and creative spirits! Order today!

Special features:
  • SECOND COIN IN SERIES! First coin Gate to Enchanted Garden still available, order today!
  • A WORLD OF BEAUTY! Celebrate the beauty of Canada's gardens! This dimensional design combines two of the most well-known (and beloved) features of the Halifax Public Gardens: its main gate, and the bandstand that is at the centre of this public space.
  • SMALL-SCALE REPRODUCTION! Fashioned from white bronze, the gate on the reverse captures the elaborate, antique artistry of the Gardens' often-photographed wrought iron gates!
  • PUSHING THE LIMITS! Extensive research and development were necessary to determine just the right amount of metal to achieve the gate's intricate appearance without sacrificing durability—and without obscuring your view of the garden behind it!
  • WEATHERING TIME! Adding to the authenticity of it all, the gate on the reverse is carefully painted to give it an appropriately aged look—like metalwork that has been exposed to time and the elements.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • 2 OUNCE 99.99% PURE SILVER COIN! Your coin has no GST/HST!
  • LOW MINTAGE: Only 5,500 coins will be made worldwide.


Designed by Canadian artist Margaret Best, your coin features a world of carefully cultivated beauty beyond the gate that stretches from rim to rim. This ornamental gate closely resembles the main gates of the Halifax Public Gardens, whose ornate scrollwork has been carefully adapted to retain its century-old aesthetic on a smaller scale, without sacrificing the element's durability. Paint gives the metalwork an appropriately weathered look; behind it, a full colour image invites the viewer to let their eyes and imagination wander towards the colourful flowerbeds, shrubs and trees, or the often-photographed bandstand that is at the very heart of this National Historic Site of Canada. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know…
  • Home to more than 140 species of trees, the 16-acre Halifax Public Gardens is one of the few surviving Victorian gardens in Canada. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984, and is regarded as a shining example of "Victorian 'Gardenesque' landscape design and planting traditions."
  • Purchased from a foundry in Scotland, the Gardens' often-photographed gate measures 4.88 metres high and 6.4 metres wide, with the words "Public Gardens" stretched across the top. Its doors feature the coat of arms for the city of Halifax and its motto, E Mari Merces (From the Sea, Wealth).
  • Along with a proliferation of public parks and gardens, the Victorian era brought renewed interest in elaborate parterres—especially those dotted with brightly coloured plants from around the world. In keeping with tradition, the Tropical Display Beds in Halifax include a mix of cacti, agaves and other exotic species that can only survive a Canadian winter by overwintering in greenhouses!
  • Common to many Victorian gardens (including the Halifax Public Gardens), a carpet bed is a dense arrangement of dwarf plants that are kept neatly trimmed and compact, so that the shape and colour of their leaves form a specific image, pattern or even a logo.
  • When it comes to plants, the Victorians had their favourites! Some of the common varieties of flowers and shrubs found in a Victorian garden include: delphiniums, dahlias, chrysanthemums, asters, tulips, lavender, roses, hydrangeas, lilacs, peonies, ivy, violets, clematis, lilies and hostas.
  • The Halifax Public Gardens was hit hard when Hurricane Juan made landfall in Halifax on September 29, 2003. Through the efforts of gardeners, horticulturalists and a volunteer-led foundation, the site re-opened the following Canada Day; since then, a number of renewal projects—including the 2011 restoration of the bandstand seen on the coin's reverse—reflect the enduring love Haligonians have for this space that began as the "People's Garden"!


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

Order your coin today!

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  • No.163169
  • Mintage5,500
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 62.69
  • Diameter (mm) 50
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value30 dollars
  • ArtistMargaret Best (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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