2021 $50 100 Yrs Confed SG

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Country: Canada
Year: 2021

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Step back in time to the era just after Canada became its own country with this first coin in a three part series marking the First 100 Years of Confederation. This five ounce $50 fine silver coin called An Emerging Nation takes us back to the era of 1867 to 1914. These were the years in which the locomotive, like the 4-4-0 featured on this coin, was the engine of change and the driver of progress. The completion of the transcontinental railway in 1885 ushered in a season of unprecedented growth for an emerging country, and by 1914 these ribbons of steel were wrapped around almost every aspect of life in Canada. The coin has a mintage limited to just 1,250. HST/GST exempt.

The Design:
Designed by Canadian artist Glen Green, this coin highlights the importance of railways in Canadian history and the role they played in the expansion of our country after 1867. Art nouveau design elements surround the depiction of Engine No. 374, the 4-4-0 locomotive that hauled the first passenger train along the transcontinental railway that linked eastern and western Canada.

The obverse of each coin combines five of the effigies that have appeared on Canadian coins since 1867 (clockwise, from top): the first effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick, the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget, the effigy of King George V by Sir E. B. Mackennal, the effigy of King Edward VII by G. W. De Saulles, and the effigy of Queen Victoria by L. C. Wyon.

Did you know?
A crucial link between the east and west, Canada’s first transcontinental railway was completed in 1885. The last spike was driven on November 7, 1885, in Craigellachie, British Columbia, and the first passenger train to arrive in Port Moody, B.C. was pulled by the 4-4-0 type locomotive featured on this coin: CPR Engine No. 374. The historic steam engine was one of eight Canadian Pacific locomotives that were designed and built in Montreal.

More than just transportation, railways drove innovation in Canada and helped launch other industries. Telegraph lines erected along the transcontinental railway offered Canadians a more modern method of communication, while railway cars transported goods and people to cities, communities and industries along the line. Railway companies also operated steamships on the Great Lakes and on both coasts, and the grand hotels they built (and advertised abroad) gave a big boost to Canada’s hotel and tourism trade.

Art nouveau was “en vogue” from 1890 until the start of the First World War. A highly ornamental art style, it drew inspiration from organic forms found in nature. Its flowing lines and “whiplash" curves helped pave the way for a more linear successor, art deco.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 50 Dollars
Year: 2021

Diameter: 65.25mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 157.6 grams
Bullion Weight: 5.067 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Artist: Glen Green
Finish: Proof
Series: 100th Anniversary of Confederation
Quantity Produced: 1,250
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II

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