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

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Country: Canada
Year: 2017

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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 Order’s motto: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).   The mintage is limited to 5,500.  As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this coin is HST/GST exempt.


The Design:

The reverse presents a faithful recreation of the Companion of the Order of Canada insignia, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of one of Canada’s 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 Canada’s northern climate; it is also strongly symbolic, since every snowflake is as unique as each recipient’s contribution to their country. Here, the coin’s reverse recreates the six symmetrical points that lead to an annulus at the center, where a red-coloured maple leaf indicates the Companion rank. The Order’s motto, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”), is circumscribed around Canada’s 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 enameling of the iconic insignia that symbolizes Canada at its best. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.


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: 5,500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canada's Military

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