A crisp autumn breeze, a rustling in the trees; a leaf tumbles, resting on the water. The 2019 fine silver fractional set commemorates the bicentennial of the birth of Queen Victoria while highlighting Canada’s natural heritage on the reverse, where blue rhodium plating (a first) adds a special splash of colour to the 1 oz. piece.
This 2019 fine silver “fractional” coin set features five different sizes and denominations of matched .9999 pure silver coins with a unique maple leaf design. The sizes are 1 ounce, ½ ounce, ¼ ounce, 1/10th ounce and 1/20th ounce. The coins bear a face value of $5, $4, $3, $2 and $1 respectively. Mintage of this set is limited to 6,500. As a pure silver coin set struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
All five coins share the same reverse design by Julius Csotonyi. The highly detailed, engraved image captures a tranquil moment in the Canadian landscape, whose seasonal beauty is arguably at its peak. Carried by the autumn breeze, several sugar maple leaves have tumbled down from the forest canopy overhead, their edges slightly curled, before gently resting on the water. Exclusive to the 1 oz. coin, blue rhodium plating adds a colourful reflective hue to the aquatic setting, without obscuring the engraved ripples that convey movement across the water. The words “CANADA” and “FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR” are engraved in the frame that circles the image, along with the purity level “9999” and the double dates “1819 2019” that commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. The royal bicentennial is front and center on the obverse, where the effigies of Queen Victoria by Leonard Charles Wyon and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt are accompanied by each Sovereign’s royal cypher.