This patriotic Canadian 2017 $3 quarter ounce coin is both one of the most affordable and inspiring pure silver coins issued this year by the Royal Canadian Mint. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST Exempt.
The design by Canadian artist Steven Hepburn presents a cross-country journey that ties together some of Canada’s most iconic images—particularly those that have come to define the Canadian experience, and the landscape itself. The upper portion features that celebrated emblem of Canada’s Pacific coast, the orca whale. The scene transitions smoothly to the northern coastline of the Canadian Arctic, which is represented by an inukshuk and a polar bear with cub. Beneath these are the majestic Rocky Mountains, which once made the land seem impenetrable to early European explorers. The peaks tower over the vast boreal forest on the left, which stretches across much of Canada, and the agricultural landscape of the Prairie Provinces on the right, where a tractor is at work in a hay field. Atlantic Canada is represented by a Nova Scotian/New Brunswick Herring Seiner, which slightly overlaps the stirring image of a raised Canadian flag blowing in the wind. Finally, the nation’s northern climate is represented by the heartwarming image of two youths playing Canada’s beloved winter sport: hockey.
Also engraved along the edge of the image field is the word “CANADA,” the date “2017. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Engraved below the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is the face value “3 DOLLARS”.