This fantastic 2014 coin with a face value of $250 is struck in two full ounces of 99.99% pure gold, and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway-a massive early twentieth-century engineering feat that linked eastern Canada to the Pacific, and enabled the settlement of western Canada. This striking coin was struck in two full ounces (62.34 grams) of 99.99% pure gold and features an extremely limited mintage of only 300 coins worldwide, making it a high-quality collector's item. As a pure gold coin, this item is GST/HST-exempt.
This proof-quality, 2-ounce coin features a wide diameter of 42 mm that creates a beautiful, bright gold canvas for the artwork. The reverse design by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel features a dynamic portrait of a 1914-era steam train traversing the Grand Trunk Bridge in Saskatoon at the time of the railway's completion. In a striking composition that evokes the drive and energy of the early 20th century's theme of "progress," the image depicts a steam engine pulling elegant wooden passenger cars. With its wheel arrangement and vast steam engine bellowing a long cloud of smoke, the image is true to the locomotives of the Grand Trunk's construction era. The scene's vantage point on the foliage-lined shoreline and slightly below the left side of the train bridge enhances the drama and grandeur of the moment. The year "2014", the word "CANADA", and the face value of "250 DOLLARS" are displayed on the reverse.