2017 $20 Canadian Honours: Order of Canada, 50th Anniversary - Pure Silver Coin

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Country: Canada
Year: 2017

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Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of CanadaÕs highest honours. It exists to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, this fine silver coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada by paying tribute to its honoured recipients, whose extraordinary contributions reflect the OrderÕs motto: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (ÒThey desire a better countryÓ).

The reverse presents a faithful recreation of the Companion of the Order of Canada insignia, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of one of CanadaÕs highest honours. Designed in 1966 by Bruce W. Beatty, C.M., S.O.M., C.D., the insignia of the Order of Canada is shaped in a stylized, hexagonal snowflake that is a fitting symbol for CanadaÕs northern climate; it is also strongly symbolic, since every snowflake is as unique as each recipientÕs contribution to their country. Here, the coinÕs reverse recreates the six symmetrical points that lead to an annulus at the centre, where a red-coloured maple leaf indicates the Companion rank. The OrderÕs motto, ESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (ÒThey desire a better countryÓ), is circumscribed around CanadaÕs beloved national symbol, which is surmounted by the Royal Crown. Like the prestigious insignia itself, the coin is struck in fine silver; the application of colour on this numismatic piece also mimics the complex and colourful enamelling of the iconic insignia that symbolizes Canada at its best.

A rare collecting opportunity: This is the first time the revered Canadian insignia has ever been replicated on a coin. Whether itÕs displayed as part of your collection or presented as a deeply meaningful gift, this coin is a sure conversation-starter about the OrderÕs honoured recipients and their important contributions to Canada, and in many cases, to the world.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2017

Diameter: 40mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.83 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.023 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Order of Canada
Finish: Proof
Series: Canadian Honours, Coin #3 of 4
Quantity Produced: 5500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canada's Military

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