In 2005, the Royal Canadian Mint issued two different special $5 coins to mark the 100th anniversaries of Alberta and Saskatchewan joining Confederation in 1905. (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec had formed the Dominion of Canada in 1867.) This is the Alberta coin. It is double struck frosted proof quality, the absolute best produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. Mintage is limited to 20,000.
This coin depicts the sun setting behind the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and the prairie in the foreground. Three of Alberta's main industries, oil, cattle and wheat are tied together by the floral emblem, the wild rose.