2016 $1 The Transatlantic Cable, 150th Anniversary - Proof Pure Silver Dollar

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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A proud tradition continues with the 57th issue of the popular collectible! The proof dollar is a time-honoured, numismatic tradition and has been among the Royal Canadian MintÕs best-selling coins every year since 1937!

On July 27, 1866, a new era of global communication began as S.S. Great Eastern steamed into HeartÕs Content, Newfoundland, to complete a link that could relay messages quickly between the Old World and the New. This fine silver proof dollar commemorates the 150th anniversary of that transatlantic telegraph cable, which revolutionized communications while transforming Newfoundland into an international communication hub.

The reverse design by Canadian marine artist Yves BŽrubŽ features a starboard side view of S.S.Great Eastern as the iron steamship triumphantly rests in the harbour of HeartÕs Content,Newfoundland. Painstakingly engraved in exceptional detail, the Great Eastern easily dwarfs a local
gaff-rigged fishing boat (known as a Jack Boat) off her bow, while her four funnels and six masts rise up to fill the upper portion of the reverse. In the background, the picturesque fishing village and the rolling hills that surround Trinity Bay are a welcome sight, signalling the end of one journey for the crew after spending weeks laying the transatlantic cable along the North Atlantic seabed. This historic cable linking HeartÕs Content to Valentia Island, Ireland, is illustrated on the map element that fills reverseÕs lower portion. Fittingly, the cable itself is represented on the map.


Year: 2016

Diameter: 36.07mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Bullion Weight: 0.745 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Starboard side view of S.S. Great Eastern
Artist: Yves Berube
Finish: Proof
Quantity Produced: 20000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Transportation

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