This 2020 $10 fine silver Parliament of Canada coin provides an artistic and symbolic perspective on one of Canada’s most prominent and important national landmarks, and also serves as a symbol of democracy and freedom. Mintage is limited to 10,000. HST/GST exempt.
The design a view of Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. The Centennial Flame in the foreground represents hope and commemoration as the flame rises up and transforms into maple leaves. Behind the monument is the Centre Block building and iconic Peace Tower. The reverse includes the curve text “CANADA” above a maple flourish and the year “2020”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Did you know?
On February 3, 1916, fire suddenly swept through the original Centre Block building. The Library of Parliament was spared but the rest of the building needed to be rebuilt. A new Centre Block opened in 1920 and Canada’s most famous campanile (a freestanding bell tower), the Peace Tower, was officially inaugurated on July 1, 1927. The Peace Tower houses a 53-bell carillon. From September to June, the Dominion Carillonneur plays a 15-minute recital every weekday at noon; in July and August, the program lasts a full hour. The daily program begins with “O Canada,” followed by varied selections from classical music to contemporary tunes.
The Centennial Flame was first lit on January 1, 1967. It was to burn for one year but it was so popular that it was made permanent fixture.