This is the highest quality complete set of Canadian coins from the 5 cent to the $2 coin, all double struck with a near flawless frosted cameo proof finish. Unlike regular issue coins, all seven coins in this 2016 Proof Set are struck in 99.99% fine silver. The large silver dollar is also selectively layered with 24 karat gold, while the loon dollar is fully gold plated and the centre of the $2 coin is gold plated. Denominations include the 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent, 50 cent, Loon Style dollar, proof dollar and 2 dollar. Since all of the coins in this set are pure silver and struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
Silver Dollar Design: Transatlantic Cable
The design by Canadian artist Yves Bérubé features a view of the starboard side of the S.S. Great Eastern as it rest in the harbour of Heart’s Content, Newfoundland. The Great Eastern with her four funnels and six masts easily dwarfs the fishing boat off her bow.
On July 27, 1866 the S.S. Great Eastern steamed into Heart’s Content Newfoundland, to complete link that could relay messages quickly between the Old World and the New World. This undersea cable runs under the Atlantic Ocean used for telegraph communications. It ran from Telegraph Field, Foilhommerum Bay, Valencia Island in western Ireland to Heart’s Content in eastern Newfoundland.
The first communications occurred August 16, 1858, reducing the communication time between North America and Europe from ten days (the time it took for a message to be delivered by ship), to a much shorter time. The transatlantic telegraph cables have since been replaced by transatlantic telecommunications cables.