2021 year marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s national colours, red and white (as proclaimed by King George V in 1921), and what better way to celebrate these than with an extraordinary flag display on this $5 fine silver coin. From sporting events to the sea of red and white that flows through the streets on Canada Day, our national colours and flag are how we show our patriotism and national pride. HST/GST exempt.
Designed by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn, the selectively coloured image is an extraordinary display of patriotism: a Canadian proudly holds up the red-and-white flag of Canada as they shout their love of country from the highest mountain. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Did You Know?
The red-and-white “Maple Leaf” flag has been the National Flag of Canada since 1965. In the words of John Ross Matheson, M.P. and leader of the parliamentary flag committee, it took “many loving hands” to finalize the flag’s design, which was inspired by Canada’s national colours.
There are over 500,000 shades of red but only one appears on Canada’s flag. The exact colour value was recommended by a team of scientists at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), who tested and analyzed different fabric dyes before determining the most durable shade of red. This was the first time that international colour standards were applied to a national flag—a world first that happened in Canada!