2014 $200 Great Canadian Explorers Series: Samuel de Champlain - Pure Gold Coin

SKU: 623932052659

RCM Number:
128945
Country: Canada
Year: 2014

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Description

The third coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's stunning $200 gold Canadian Explorer Series features the Father of New France, Samuel de Champlain. Mintage is limited to 2,000. HST/GST exempt.


The Design:

The reverse design by Canadian artist Glen Green depicts Samuel de Champlain and a First Nations guide disembarking from birch bark canoes on a rugged shoreline in Ontario. In the centre of the image, a full-body profile portrait of Champlain presents the explorer from his left side. Though there is no known confirmed portrait of Champlain, this image presents him as he is frequently portrayed in artistic depictions, with long dark hair, long moustache and trimmed beard, sporting a feathered cap and the jacket, hose, and pantaloons of the era. In his right hand, Champlain carries his astrolabe, famously thought to have been lost on a portage through the Calumet rapids near Cobden, Ontario—though this story has been largely discredited. In his left, he holds a notebook, which is believed to have held his maps and drawings. He looks toward the left of the image as he steps forward, his back turned to the waterway and distant tree-lined shore behind him. Just behind this portrait and to the left is Champlain's birch-bark canoe, replete with supplies and paddles. The textures of the bark exterior and binding and internal wood ribbing are lent stunning detail through expert engraving and the use of multiple finishes. On the left side of the image, a First Nations guide stands before his own canoe. His long hair sports two feathers and he wears a buckskin loincloth, footwear, and arm straps, and holds a paddle in his right hand. His canoe, like Champlain's, is filled with supplies.

Details

FEATURES:
Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 200 Dollars
Year: 2014

TECHNICAL SPECS:
Diameter: 29mm
Material: Gold
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 15.43 grams
Bullion Weight: 0.496 Troy Ounces

EXTENDED INFORMATION:
Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Samuel de Champlain and a First Nations guide disembarking from birch bark canoes on a rugged shoreline in Ontario
Finish: Proof
Series: Great Canadian Explorers
Quantity Produced: 2,000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: The third coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's stunning $200 gold Canadian Explorer Series features the Father of New France, Samuel de Champlain.


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