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Pure Silver Proof Set – 150th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Cable (2016)

Pure Silver Proof Set – 150th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Cable (2016)

$229.95 CAD
Mintage: 20,000
Canada and US only

Amongst our best sellers since 1937! Every coin is struck in fine silver (99.99% pure)!

Today, the world is at our fingertips, with every corner of the globe merely a click away. But there was a time when news could travel only as fast as the person, horse or ship that was carrying it, and it took weeks, months or even years to be relayed.

This all changed 150 years ago when a transatlantic cable was laid across the ocean to connect Valentia Island, Ireland, with Heart’s Content in Newfoundland. The ambitious plan was inspired by a submerged cable that had begun transmitting telegraph messages across the English Channel in the early 1850s, and this prompted industry to set its sights on the great divide of the Atlantic Ocean.

After numerous attempts starting in 1857, success finally came on July 27, 1866, when the massive steamship, the S.S. Great Eastern, arrived in Newfoundland’s Trinity Bay where the historic cable was pulled to shore at Heart’s Content.

Suddenly, breaking news could be transmitted in a fraction of the two-week timeframe it took ships to cross the sea. It was an achievement that fundamentally changed the way the people perceived the world, and ultimately paved the way toward the global communications of the 21st century.

Your coin set is among our best-sellers every year since 1937. Continue the tradition and order your coin set today!

Your premium Proof Set features include:
  • GENUINE LEATHER BOOK-STYLE! Beautifully presented in a genuine leather book-style that offers an elegant way to proudly showcase your coin.
  • THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF COLLECTOR SETS! The 99.99% pure silver proof dollar with stunning gold plating makes this the crème de la crème of collector sets.
  • AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY IN THIS SET! The gold plated 99.99% pure silver proof dollar only available in this set showcases the glistening waters of Trinity Bay and a unique filigree area at top, adding a striking contrast to the engraved silver reverse. A MUST HAVE!
  • GOLD PLATING! In addition to the gold-plated silver dollar, the 99.99% silver loonie and 99.99% silver toonie feature gold plating.
  • INCLUDES THE RARE 50-CENT COIN! Features Canada's Coat of Arms in 99.99% pure silver!
  • A HISTORIC TURNING POINT THAT HELPED SHAPE OUR MODERN WORLD! The timeless design on your silver dollar commemorates the 150th anniversary of the transatlantic cable, which ushered in a new era and transformed Newfoundland into a global communications hub.
  • HISTORY MEETS ARTISTRY THROUGH SKILLFUL RENDERING! With a strong emphasis on historical accuracy, the engraved depiction on your silver dollar of S.S. Great Eastern in Heart’s Content, Newfoundland is magnificently detailed and stands as a testament to the expert skill and craftsmanship of Royal Canadian Mint engravers.
  • POWERFULLY SYMBOLIC: Linking one continent to the other, the telegraph cable route itself is represented on your silver dollar coin.
  • NO GST/HST! You pay no GST/HST and with only 20,000 sets worldwide, this collection will sell quickly. Order yours today!

About the Design:
Designed by Canadian marine artist Yves Bérubé, your proof silver dollar coin features a starboard side view of S.S. Great Eastern as the iron steamship triumphantly rests in the harbour of Heart’s Content, Newfoundland. Painstakingly engraved in exceptional detail, the Great Eastern easily dwarfs a local gaff-rigged fishing boat (known as a Jack Boat) off her bow, while her four funnels and six masts rise up to fill the upper portion of the reverse. In the background, the picturesque fishing village and the rolling hills that surround Trinity Bay are a welcome sight, signalling the end of one journey for the crew after spending weeks laying the transatlantic cable along the North Atlantic seabed. This historic cable linking Heart’s Content to Valentia Island, Ireland, is illustrated on the map element that fills reverse’s lower portion. Fittingly, the cable itself is represented on the map.

About the Package:
Your set will include a numbered certificate with detailed coin specifications—your proof of ownership for this low mintage premium Proof Set and evidence that each coin has been individually inspected by our resident quality assurance specialists  

Your fine silver proof set comes in an elegant genuine leather book-style packaging that complements your beautiful coins.

Order your fine silver coin set today!


Very nice


It's extremely nice set but unfortunately the plastic case came in broken


Sherbrooke, Québec


seriou investment


Good investment.


montreal qc ca


Buy more coins


The mint has awesome coins!!!

Tasmaning Devil



This is a super coin set


New Part of my collection




150 silver proof set


Nice set




2016 Pure Silver Proof Set


My own collection, and for my two sons.


new york


Beautiful set


Attractive set, especially for those who prefer items that reflect coinage in common usage.

The Egg Man

Nova Scotia




Very Nice set......I am glad I bought 2.


Shanghai, China


beautiful set of colns


this proof set will be a really nice addition to my collection




Another beautiful proof set


I buy the proof set every year. The set is beautiful as in every year. I am puzzled though why the mint opts to now produce two different proof sets. I purchased this one because all coins are silver as opposed to the other proof set where only the dollar is silver.

Jim the Techie

Toronto, ON


Pure Silver Proof Set – 150th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Cable (2016)

4.8 80


What material is used for the lining of this and your mint sets? (80's, 90's and beyond)


It is velour.


How do you find out how many of the 20,000 sets have been sold?


Hi QuinnCO, Although we do not disclose the exact number of units sold this Pure Silver Proof Set is well on its way to a sell out. Our annual Pure Silver Proof Set sells out nearly every year.


Thank you for the answer about whether the dies used to strike the coins in the pure silver proof set are later used to strike circulation coins. Now I understand that the dies are dedicated to striking proofs. I have a follow up question - is the same master punch used to make the dies for proof and circulation coins? What I'm getting at is whether the orignal artwork is the same for both, although of course it would be reproduced more precisely on the proofs.


The same master punch is used for numismatic and circulation on occasion, but not every time. There are differences in the way each metal flows in striking, and so the decision is made based on the specific design and striking requirements for each design and blank. The original two-dimensional artwork would be identical for both circulation and numismatic coins.

Josh (Product Team)

Are the dies used to strike the coins in the pure silver proof set later used to strike circulation coins?


No. Numismatic silver coins are manufactured at our facility in Ottawa using different equipment than the circulation coins manufactured in Winnipeg.

Josh (Product Team)

Pure Silver Proof Set - 150th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Cable (2016) Are there mint marks on the obverse? One obverse has a "P", another obverse has a "m" with a Maple Leaf on top of it.

Senior Chief

The 25, 10, and 5 cent coins include a mint mark (the M with a leaf). The P found on the obverse of the $1 coin indicates that the coin has been plated (it is a silver coin fully plated gold).

Josh (Product Team)

Are the other coins in the set sterling silver?


Hi Ed, All coins are 99.99% pure silver, which actually has a higher silver content than sterling silver which is only 92.5% pure.


How do I make the two equal payments selection online , I don't see it in the billing or submit section.


Thank you for your question. This option is only available via a computer, that is, not a mobile device or tablet. If you are using a computer (desktop, laptop), and do not see the option, then the option might be blocked by your firewall or security settings.

Is there any stamp, date or design embossed on the front genuine leather book-style case as well the spine of the case ?.


Hi Ampy, There is a date on the spine and the Mint logo in gold foil on the front cover. We'll get the photos updated to include the packaging.

can i get 2016 proof set without the gold


Sorry - these sets only come with the gold plating. We do have a similar design on the proof dollar without the gold plating:


what is the U.S. price for this set?


Hi Don, As of Feb 5 2016 the approximate price in US dollars for this product is $164.18. Please note we charge credit cards in Canadian dollars, so the actual amount charged would vary slightly.



  • No.150180

Proof dollar

  • Composition99.99% pure silver with selective gold plating
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 23.17
  • Diameter (mm) 36.07
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistYves Bérubé (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

2 dollars

  • Composition99.99% pure silver with gold-plated inner core
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 9
  • Diameter (mm) 28
  • Edgeinterrupted serrations
  • ArtistBrent Townsend (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

1 dollar

  • Composition99.99% pure silver, gold plated
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 7.9
  • Diameter (mm) 26.5
  • Edgeplain
  • ArtistRobert-Ralph Carmichael (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

50 cents

  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 9.25
  • Diameter (mm) 27.13
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistThomas Shingles (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

25 cents

  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 6
  • Diameter (mm) 23.88
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistEmmanuel Hahn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

10 cents

  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 2.45
  • Diameter (mm) 18.05
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistEmanuel Hahn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

5 cents

  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 5.4
  • Diameter (mm) 21.2
  • Edgeplain
  • ArtistG.E. Kruger Gray (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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